The police high command has assured Nigerians that no operative or the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) will be part of the new Special Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) team.
Force Public Relations Officer, (FPRO) DCP Frank Mba who made this know in a statement on Wednesday.
The police on Tuesday, announced the birth of a new tactical team which is to be called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team, to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Many Nigerians have, however, kicked against the move, pointing out that the new SWAT team will not differ from the scraped SARS since the same officers will run the same unit.
Frank Mba reacted to the insinuation, saying no personnel from the disbanded SARS will be part of the new tactical team. He also mentioned that operatives in the tactical team are barred from indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
According to Mba, some of the important facts about the newly created tactical team include
-No personnel of the defunct On Tuesday, October 13, SARS will be selected to be part of the new TACTICAL team
-Operations of the new TACTICAL team will ve strictly intelligence-driven
-Members of the new TACTICAL team will by no means embark on routine patrols
-Members of the new TACTICAL team are barred from the indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops, and other smart devices.
-Operatives of the new TACTICAL team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those touching on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.
He pointed out that the sole responsibility of the new tactical team will be
– Response to Robbery attacks
-Response to scenes of weapon-related crimes
-Special operations involving high profile criminals