#EndSARS: IGP names SWAT, calls ex-SARS members for screening

– IGP names new police squad “SWAT” to replace SARS.
– IGP calls ex-SARS for screening before redeployment.

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has named a new police squad as a replacement for the dissolved Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS was disbanded by the police head on Sunday in submission to the majority call for the dissolution of the squad as a result of their irregularities and unprofessional discharge of duties.

The length and breath of Nigeria has been boiling hot by aggrieved protesters seeking police reform and end in their brutality and harassment.

While dissolving the special squad, the IGP pledged to inaugurate a new squad that will fit in the vaccum created by the defunct SARS.

In fulfilling the promise, the Nigeria Police in a statement made available on Tuesday, 13th of October, announced a new special squad which it calls Special Weapons and Tactics Teams.

According to the statement, the SWAT will fill in the vaccum created by the disbanded SARS and execute their duties.

Adamu also disclosed that the prospective members of the new squad will undergo medical and psychological examinations before joining the squad.

He also stated that the nationwide training of the new squad will commence next week across the Tactical teaining grounds of the security outfit.

The statement reads in part; “the IGP has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.

“Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

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“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.”

IGP calls ex-SARS for screening before redeployment

On a similar note, the IGP has invited all members of the defunct SARS to report at the Force National headquarters in Abuja for psychological and medical examinations.

IGP Adamu who quoted section 18 (10) of the 2020 police act, said the screening is mandatory before the personnels could be deployed to another squad of the security outfit.

He also disclosed that the screening will be carried out by the newly established Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), which comprises of psychologists, psychiatrists, medical personnels and religion leaders, civil society organizations, among others.

The statement reads further; “the IGP M.A. Adamu has, today, 13th October, 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

“The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

“The medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counselling 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.”

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