It is no longer a rumour that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has introduced a new Police unit (SWAT) to take over from the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force.
The new Police unit which is now called Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) will fill the gaps arising from the disbanded of SARS.
This was confirmed in a statement revealed by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Abuja.
Here are six things to know about the new Police Unit (SWAT)
1) All Prospective members of this new police unit will partake in the psychological and medical examination in order to know their fitness and competency for the new assignment.
2) These members are to start training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, this is expected to happen next week.
3) The training schedules are as follows:
- The Police commands in the south-East and the south-south will undergo rigorous training at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State.
- Police Commands from the North will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende in Nasarawa State.
- Members from Police commands in the South-West region will be trained at the Police Mobile Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State.
4) The inspector general of Police has commanded all members of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) to be presented at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for Psychological and medical examination.
5) The Medical Examination will be taken by the newly introduced Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU).
This is a Unit which must be specialized in Psychological management, re-orientation and training of new members of the SWAT specialised for tactical operations and other designated duties.
6) The Police Counselling and Support Unit will be made of psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, Public Relations practitioners, Civil Society and other Human Rights groups with the most demanded qualifications and expertise.
It will be recalled that the inspector general of Police on Sunday disbanded the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as a result of the incessant killings of innocent lives, arrests and dispossession of a property via the physical assault and other intimidation tactics.