SARS TO SWAT: RENO OMOKRI, OTHERS KICK AGAINST NEW UNIT
Reno Omokri, a former media aide to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan, and other Nigerians have faulted the proposed formation of a new unit codenamed Special Weapon and Tactics Unit (SWAT) to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Eons Intelligence recalls that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had announced the formation of the Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team to “fill the gaps” arising from dissolution of SARS.
Omokri, while reacting on twitter to the announcement by the IGP, insisted that changing SARS to SWAT will be like when NEPA was changed to PHCN.
“The SWAT announced by the @PoliceIGP is a Greek Gift.
“Without weeding out errant cops and recruiting new blood, who must go through a different and better training than SARS, the SWAT will just be like when NEPA changed to PHCN #ENDSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria#SARSMUSTEND, ” Omokri tweeted.
Condemning the development, Omokri added that: “You can’t make bitter-kola sweet by changing its name to honey overnight, and you can’t change FSARS to angels by changing their name to SWAT overnight.”
He insisted that the SWAT is of no need as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is up to the task in apprehending internet fraudsters, adding that “Abba Kyari’s Intelligence Response Team has been dealing with kidnappers and robbers. SWAT/FSARS are unnecessary.”
In one of his tweets, Omokri urged the protesters fighting against police brutality, extortion and extrajudicial killings not to back down, saying that “decorated nonsense is still nonsense. The name change won’t fool us, they can fool themselves.
“The speed with which the IG came up with SWAT is suspicious. How can you disband SARS one day and come up with SWAT the next? Too convenient. It just looks like a rushed name change. No research, No committee. Just abracadabra,” Omokri tweeted.
Anita Natacha Akide, an EndSars activist, amongst others, also kicked against the formation of the proposed SWAT unit.
Speaking during the Channels Tv sunrise Daily show, Natacha explained that what Nigerians are fighting for is not about the formation of a new unit, but total reform of the police.
“Our police officers need to be taken care of, they need adequate health care and education. It is not about introducing the new unit, SWAT, every police officer needs to go for psychological evaluation,” she said.
Recall that the IGP had ordered all operatives of the disbanded SARS to report to the Force Headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
However, Nigerians have continued their protests under #EndSWAT in major cities across the country, in an enduring call to end all forms of police brutality.