- The police have on Tuesday, October 13, announced a replacement for its controversial unit SARS
- IGP Mohammed Adamu said the scrapped unit is now replaced with another tactical team known as SWAT
- The decision came on the heels of multiple protests against the manifold atrocities of the police operatives
Barely 72 hours after disbanding the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit, the inspector general of police, Mohammed Adamu, has set up a new replacement.
The new unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), was announced on Tuesday, October 13, as heightened demonstrations continue across the country and on social media against police brutality.
Announcing the decision, IGP Adamu said the officers under the SWAT unit will begin their training "at the different police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week."
He further explained that officers from the southeast and the south-south police commands would be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai in Rivers state.
Adamu also disclosed that those from the north will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende located in Nasarawa state.
He added that those from the southwest will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun state.
Meanwhile, IGP has summoned all officers who fell under the controversial SARS unit to report to the Federal CapitalTerriroty (FCT) for proper briefing, medical and psychological examination.
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos revealed details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the way forward after the disbandment of SARS.
The governor said that during his talk with the president, he restated his commitment to embark on a total reform of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF).
Moreover, Sanwo-Olu, on his Twitter page disclosed that as part of his resolution, President Buhari has approved the setting up of a panel consisting of leaders of civil society groups that will take an objective look into cases of abuse in the force.
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