Defunct SARS Gets A Replacement

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On Tuesday, President Mohammed Buhari bowed to the demands of Nigerian Youths by meeting the five-point demands of protesters. The agitations that led to this resolution held across the country partially shutting down the nation.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, replaced the defunct squad with the Special Weapon and Tactics Team(SWAT). The Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, in Abuja, disclosed that the personnel from police commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State while those from the police commands in 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.

In lieu of this, all defunct SARS personnel would be undergoing a psychological and medical examination. A statement titled ‘IGP orders all defunct SARS personnel to report at the force headquarters for psychological and medical examination’ read:

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, today, 13th October 2020, by 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, 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.

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