SWAT which means Special Weapons and Tactics Unit replaces former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), In regards to the dissolved police Unit, SARS, said this.
SARS has dissolved days ago following nationwide protests against the extra-judicial activities of the group that have escalated over the past few years.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, in a statement on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 says SWAT will fill the gaps left by SARS. Whose main role was tackling violent crimes especially robbery and kidnapping.
According to a statement signed by Force spokesperson, Frank Mba. The new Unit the new unit will commence tactical training next week and will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility.
As SWAT replaces SARS, SARS officers are called for debriefing.
The IGP has also ordered all former SARS officers to report to Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination. They will be retrained before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties
The police officers deployed, go through tactical training and also undergo psychological and medical examination
The IGP reiterated his commitment towards the implementation of sweeping Police reforms and called on 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.
Protests have especially turned blood. Police officers used force or opened fire on protesters. Deaths also recorded in Lagos and Oyo over the past few days.
Police have some protesters in their custody.
Others say the IGP’s must resign for the conduct of the officers during the peaceful protest.