The Bauchi State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) graduated a 35 member special female squad specially trained to deal with frequent attacks, student kidnapping, rape, human trafficking, and other crimes.
The state Commandant of the Corps, Nurudeen Abdullahi, said yesterday at their graduation ceremony that the NSCDC commandant-general came up with the idea of the ‘Special Female Squad’ to intervene in the country’s security challenges.
He went on to say that the Corps in the state initially struggled to find female officers for the training, with only eight officers starting before the number was increased to 35.
“It was difficult for us to form the squad because the female officers hid, and we had to start with only eight officers.” Later, they began to join, and we now have 35 female officers.
“I commend the instructors’ initiative in making the training very interesting, which inspired other female officers to join the squad,” the state commandant said.
Abdullahi charged them with being prepared for the task of securing the state, adding that they would be deployed in strategic areas of concern, such as the governor’s wife’s office.
“You have been chosen and trained for a special task to ensure we have a crime-free state,” the commandant says.
He praised the state Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, for his support for security agencies in the state and for creating an environment in which security heads can showcase their talents and experiences in dealing with security challenges in the state.
The state commandant also praised other security agencies for their collaboration in combating crime in the state, particularly the 33 Artillery Brigade in Bauchi for allowing the training to take place on its range.
Hajiya Aisha Bala Mohammed, the wife of the state governor and the special guest of honor praised the NSCDC for the initiative, saying it had given women the opportunity to contribute to national security.
The governor’s wife, represented by the Chairperson of Bauchi State Orphans and Vulnerable Children Agency, Dr. Yelwa Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, submitted that the idea demonstrated that the Corps is gender-sensitive and that the 30 percent affirmative derivational principle of women was met.
“The idea of training the Special Female Squad arose from the country’s security challenges, particularly the kidnapping of Chibok and Dapchi schoolgirls and a host of others, whose memories remain fresh in our minds,” she explained.
As a result, she advised them that, despite their training, they should still be submissive to their husbands as good wives, as prescribed by the holy books.
“Be loyal, honest, trustworthy, and dedicated to your job as you are deployed to your various beats, as the money, time, and energy spent on you during training must not be in vain.” “You must be proud ambassadors for your families, the Corps, the state, and Nigeria in general,” she advised.