Nigerian female soldiers are among security forces deployed to fight bandits in the North-West of the country, says Tolu Ogunlesi, Special Assistant to the president on New Media.
According to Ogunlesi, the female soldiers are part of Operation Harbin Kunama III, the operation against armed bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina States.
“Female Nigerian soldiers deployed to Operation Harbin Kunama III, the anti-banditry operation in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi and Katsina States,” he said in a tweet on Wednesday.
In recent times, North-Western Nigeria has been battling with a festering infestation of armed bandits that has cost several lives and decimated several villages, especially in Zamfara State, where the menace is linked to illegal gold mining. This has led to a federal government ban on illegal mining.
The Nigerian police recently launched another offensive against the armed bandits in Zamfara, codenamed ‘Operation Puff Adder’
The Nigerian Army has witnessed a recent surge in the number of female troops. Although it is unclear whether the female soldiers deployed will be engaged in combat, it is highly unusual for them to be deployed directly in fighting.