The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has set up a new unit called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
This was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba on Tuesday.
According to Mba, prospective members of this new team will undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment. 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”.