The Nigerian Army has deployed 100 female soldiers of the 1 Women Special Operation Battalion to secure the Abuja-Kaduna highway.
The women soldiers will form part of Operation Thunder Strike.
According to reports, this is the first deployment as another set of 200 soldiers are expected, making a total of 300.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai, who received the women soldiers on Wednesday in Kakau village along the high, said:
“I am confident that with the deployment of the women soldiers, the Abuja-Kaduna road will be the safest in the country.”
Hadiza Balarabe, the deputy governor, joined el-Rufai in welcoming the troops to the state.
According to a tweet from the Kaduna state government handle, the all-female corps were deployed to complement security patrols on the Kaduna-Abuja expressway.
“KADUNA UPDATE: Malam Nasir @elrufai and @DrHadiza are welcoming a detachment of the Nigerian Army Women Corps that has been deployed to complement security patrols on the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway,” the tweet read.
The Abuja-Kaduna expressway has been highly unsafe lately as gunmen kidnap and sometimes kill travellers.