Nigeria Police have announced that the officials of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will not be deployed to the new Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT).
The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, gave five ‘important facts’ and ‘mandate’ about the new unit on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Facts are:
No personnel of the defunct SARS will be selected to be part of the new Tactical Team;
Operations of the new Tactical Team will be strictly intelligence-driven;
Members of the new Tactical Team will by no means embark on routine patrols;
Members of the Tactical Team are barred from the indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones and laptops;
Operatives must be free of any disciplinary matter especially those touching on misuse of firearms or abuse of human rights.
The Mandate of the new unit are:
Response to robbery attacks
Response to scenes of weapon-related crime
Special Operations involving high profile criminals
On Tuesday the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu formed a new unit, SWAT, to replace the defund SARS and ordered their personnel to report in Abuja for a psychological and medical examination .
Furthermore the IGP assured that prospective SWAT members will undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility.
They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide next week.
The #ENDSARS protest entered its 8 day in Lagos, Abuja and across cities in Nigeria against police brutalilty and extra-judicial killing.