NSCDC Deploys Female Squad To Combat Schools’ Abduction
EMERGENCY DIGEST- The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday announced the deployment of female officers to schools across the country to protect students and teachers from frequent invasions by bandits.
The Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, ordered their mobilisation and a one-month intensive training programme and proper kitting of female squads in all the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory for this purpose.
He noted that the deployment was in line with the safe school initiative project of the Ministry of Interior and the Minister, Rauf Aregbesola who “has charged him as a matter of urgency to develop a template to end this nightmare.”
Female agents to the rescue
According to Mr Audi, “following the spate of attacks and kidnapping of students in schools from different parts of the country, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has conducted a vulnerability survey of all schools in the country according to the six geopolitical zones, states, senatorial districts, and local governments.”
This survey, he said “showed a very high level of vulnerability of some schools in different parts of the country”. However, he said he is confident the data obtained from the survey is a veritable tool for the Corps in carrying out ‘this serious assignment’.
The Commandant General made this known while briefing personnel at the national headquarters, Abuja on his policies and programmes to reenergise the service.
“There is a need to roll out policies and programmes that will constantly boost the morale of personnel to put in their best. I will make sure that all entitlements and operational allowances for the Rapid Response Squad, Female Squad, and any other assignments given to any personnel are paid so that we can prove to Nigerians that we are back again,’’ he said.
Additionally, he promised that all outstanding promotion arrears will be paid “and personnel will have cause to smile again”.
“Nigerians will start seeing the Female Squad in action as the Corps is planning to work with the Federal Ministry of Education to work out modalities for providing adequate security coverage for all schools in the country to checkmate the incessant attacks and invasion of schools by bandits and kidnappers in different parts of the country.