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.
However, Nigerians have taken to their social media pages to react to the new police unit called Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).
Here are some reactions gathered below:
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has set up a new Police unit to take over from the banned SARS group of the Nigerian Police Force. It is now known as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT).
Seems very soon,
The new hashtag will be #EndSWAT 😆
I said it first.
— #OurFavEndSARSDoc 🩺🇳🇬🇬🇧 (@DrOlufunmilayo) October 13, 2020
Lemme tell you why IG created the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) so fast, it’s an opportunity to loot money, they would send in a fresh budget for new weapons, money for new uniform and printing of names and the rest. IG sef nah gee boy #ENDSWAT#EndSARS #SARSMUSTEND pic.twitter.com/cMjwKcdJDy
— DeboMacaroni (@mrmacaroniie) October 13, 2020
And SWAT was born… pic.twitter.com/FcuhzNphcX
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) October 13, 2020
Nigerian SWAT should not ruin the image of SWAT team I have in my head.
— MR AHMED🇳🇬 (@UncleMohamz) October 13, 2020
I hope y’all know SWAT don’t stand on the road to check phones or check who drives Benz? They only come out when needed but still #EndSWAT
— 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝘇𝘇𝘆 (@posshh_) October 13, 2020
— #ENDPOLICEBRUTALITY 🇳🇬 (@DONJAZZY) October 13, 2020
End SWAT NOW before e mature!!
— Trouble Maker 😒 (G.O) (@ObongRoviel) October 13, 2020