The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu revealed this in a recent statement today, October 13, 2020.
According to him, SWAT will fill the gaps left by SARS, whose major duty was tackling violent crimes, especially armed robbery and kidnapping.
He added that prospective members of the unit will start training next week at several Police tactical training institutions all over the country.
His words, “Prospective members of this new team will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.”
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The Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) is a Nigerian Police Force unit under the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department headed by the Deputy Inspector General of Police Anthony Ogbizi. Since 2012, SARS has come under controversy for being linked to acts of extortion, torture, framing and blackmail.
The Special Anti-Robbery Squad was founded in 1992 by former police commissioner Simeon Danladi Midenda. The major reason SARS was formed was when Col. Rindam, a Nigerian Army Colonel was killed by police officers at a checkpoint in Lagos.
SARS is one of the 14 units in the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department which was established to detain, investigate and prosecute people involved in crimes like armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of crimes.
During its formation the Special Anti-Robbery Squad was known to operate covertly. SARS operatives were not allowed to wear police uniform, publicly carry guns or have walkie-talkies. They were given unmarked vehicles with sometimes no license plates or private plate numbers during duty.
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