The police have stated that no member of the now-defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) shall be part of the newly constituted Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
Following a really intense protest that has lasted for days, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, dissolved the notorious subunit of the power, SARS.
Two days after disbanding SARS, the IGP arrange a SWAT unit, nonetheless, this transfer didn't go down nicely with those that had protested for the dissolution of the anti-robbery squad, inflicting them to alter the mantra from #EndSARS to #EndSWAT.
The name for the disbanding of the brand new unit is hinged on the arguments suggesting that the decision to right away replace SARS operatives with SWAT is hasty and unpremeditated.
In a bid to throw extra gentle on the brand new unit arrange by the IGP, the police put out a statement through Twitter stating what their mandate shall be, nonetheless, slightly than seek advice from them as SWAT, police spokesman Frank Mba who put out the statement used the phrase ‘Tactical Team’.
It is unclear if the Police have modified the identify of the newly constituted unit from SWAT to Tactical Team, however the spokesman stated no operative of SARS will be included in the new team.
He additionally famous that the operations of the Tactical Team shall be strictly intelligence-driven. Members of the brand new Tactical Team are additionally anticipated to not embark on routine patrols.
They are barred from the indiscriminate and illegal search of telephones, laptops, and different sensible units.
Mr. Mba’s communique additionally states that those that shall be members of the brand new Tactical Team should be freed from any pending disciplinary matter particularly people who contact on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.
It provides that the brand new Tactical Team will solely: “respond to robbery attacks, respond to scenes of weapon-related crimes, rescue operations, and special operations involving high profile crimes”.
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