BREAKING: SWAT TO REPLACE SARS, SAYS IGP - Prestige Newspaper

BREAKING: SWAT TO REPLACE SARS, SAYS IGP

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Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police has created a new unit to replace the disbanded SARS.

According to a statement by DCP Frank Mba, the Force Public Relations Officer, “the new unit is named Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team”.

He said, “The unit will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS”.

DSP Mba added “that recruitment has commenced for operatives of the new unit”. Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment”.

He further said that “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.”

Mba stated that “The IGP also ordered all operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

Mba said the order was in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020.

“The medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counseling and Support Unit (PCSU), a unit, which henceforth shall engage in psychological management, re-orientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

“The Unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from amongst psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors and imams, Public Relations practitioners, Civil Society and other Human Rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.”

In a related development, the Federal government has granted the demands of #ENDSARS protesters with immediate release of all arrested protesters, justice for all deceased victims of police brutality and appropriate compensation for their families. Setting up an independence body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reports of police misconduct within ten days.

According to a statement by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, “among the terms agreed to are; halting use of force against protesters and unconditional release of arrested citizens”.

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