Barley two days after the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), the Nigerian Police Force has said that it has created a new unit known as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), to replace SARS.
This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by the Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mba.
According to the statement, training for the prospective officers of the newly introduced Special unit will commence in three centres across the nation, beginning from next week.
Recall that in the last few days, protests have erupted in different cities across the country, calling for the disbandment SARS, end to Police brutality and reformation of the Nigerian Police force generally.
The continuous protests led to the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) across all the 36 states of the federation on Sunday, by Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu.
The IGP in the statement asked all the defunct SARS officers to report to Abuja for debriefing, psychological examination and subsequent redeployment to other units of the force.
He called on Nigerians who have been protesting and calling for reformation of the Police Force to exercise restraint, in order the give the measures been put in place by the Police Force, a chance to work.
Part of the statement reads, “meanwhile, the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS. Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment. They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week. While personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State, those from the Police Commands from the North and the South-West will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.
“While reaffirming his irrevocable commitment towards the successful and holistic implementation of the Police reforms, the IGP enjoins members of the public, particularly protesting citizens to exercise restraint and allow measures being put in place to come to fruition and engender a Police Force that would meet the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry,” the statement concluded.