- The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has explained how recruitment into the SWAT team will be done
- IGP Mohammed Adamu on Sunday, October 18, made it clear that prospective officers must have clear records and at least seven-years experience
- Adamu noted that no personnel of the defunct SARS will be a member of the new team
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Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has assured Nigerians that no officer of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be recruited into the Special Weapon Tactical Team (SWAT).
In a statement released by the police spokesman, Frank Mba, IGP Adamu made it clear that the officers who will belong to SWAT will undergo a series of training before they begin their duties, Daily Trust reports.
In the statement, the police boss disclosed that some of the qualifications of the officers include seven-year work experience, impeccable service records without any case of indiscipline and no record of violation of rights of citizens or wrong use of weapons.
Moreover, the IGP made it clear that the training will operate within the parameters of professional and ethical standards, rule of law and standing global policing practices.
He noted that the exercises will include physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening, among other tests.
Part of the statement read:
“Other areas of the training program will include modern-day police ethics and values, Intelligence-led policing, Operation planning/Tactical decision-making processes, Hostage rescue tactics and operation, weapon handling, first aid/basic lifesaving skills, stress/fear management, police-citizens relations and emotional intelligence etc.
“The training modules will be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts as well as veterans from the civil society and human rights community.”
Recall that the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) officially intervened in the ongoing protests against police brutality nationwide.
The governors met on Wednesday, October 14. in Abuja with IGP Adamu on the issue and the way forward as the protests spread to other parts of the country.
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