- The Nigeria Police Force seems to be in a hurry to clear its name and win back the confidence of the populace
- Efforts are now ongoing to ensure that the new police tactical unit is devoid of any complaints by members of the public
- Personnel of the new unit are expected to commence training on Monday, October 19 and they are expected to be well trained by professionals
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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has announced in a statement that its new tactical team will begin training on Monday, October 19.
This was contained in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, October 18 by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba.
According to the statement, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, assured Nigerians that the new police tactical team will operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.
The statement revealed that the NPF is partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other development partners for the training of the tactical team.
It also revealed that they will be trained at the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun state and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa state.
The IGP further assured Nigerians that no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a member of the new tactical team.
He said the officers selected for the new team are young, smart and energetic who have acquired not less than seven years working experience with clean service records.
He said the selected officers shall be subjected to physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.
The IGP, therefore, appealed for the cooperation of Nigerians and urged them to be patient and to believe in the reform processes within the NPF.
IGP Adamu had earlier announced that with SARS being disbanded, there was a need to get a new structure to carry out the duties the defunct police unit was carrying out, which is fighting violent crimes.
He also said opportunities would be created for members of the public to participate in and make inputs to the formation of the new unit.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Front (NDF) has warned individuals and groups hiding under the guise of the #EndSARS protest to demand President Muhammadu Buhari's resignation to desist from such activity.
The NDF said the agenda of some of the groups and individuals involved in the protests are politically motivated.
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