IGP ANNOUNCES NEWLY CREATED SWAT TEAM WOULD REPLACE SARS
Nigeria's Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has announced the creation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to replace the recently disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Recall that SARS was dissolved days ago following nationwide protests against the extra-judicial killings, extortion, exploitation, and harassment of innocent citizens from the group that have escalated over the past few years.
The Police Chief said in a statement on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 that SWAT would fill the void left by SARS whose main role was tackling violent crimes especially armed robbery and kidnapping.
Prospective members of the unit will commence training next week at different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, according to a statement signed by Force spokesperson, Frank Mba.
"Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment," the statement read.
it is pertinent to mention that operatives of the defunct SARS have also been ordered to return to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological evaluation, and medical examination.
The IGP reiterated his commitment and devotion towards the implementation of sweeping Police reforms and urged Nigerians to exercise restraint while protesting.
His previous announcement of the dissolution of SARS had failed to put an end to the protests that started last week.