SARS to be retrained and Reoriented To SWAT, says IGP


The IGP has ordered all former SARS officers to report to Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

They will be retrained before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

Prospective members of the new unit will commence tactical training next week and will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility.

The IGP has announced the formation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to replace the recently-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SWAT will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of SARS who tackled violent crimes.

The Nigeria Police Force has announced the creation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to replace the recently-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

SARS was dissolved days ago following nationwide protests against the extra-judicial activities of the group that have escalated over the past few years.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said in a statement on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 that SWAT will fill the gaps left by SARS whose main role was tackling violent crimes especially armed robbery and kidnapping.

Prospective members of the unit will commence training next week at different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, according to a statement signed by Force spokesperson, Frank Mba.

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

SARS officers recalled to Abuja

Officers of the defunct SARS have also been ordered to return to Force Headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological, and medical examination.

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