Sunday, June 20, 2021

No SARS operative will be selected for SWAT team – IGP


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has reiterated that no personnel of the defunct SARS will be selected to be part of the newly created Special Weapons And Tactics, SWAT, team.

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The police spokesman, Frank Mba, who made the disclosure in a statement on Tuesday, also said that the new tactical team would be strictly intelligence-driven.

According to him, members of the new SWAT team will by no means embark on routine patrols.

He said: “Members of the new SWAT team are barred from indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops and other smart devices.

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“Operatives of the SWAT team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter, especially those touching on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.”

Mr Mba added that the mandate of the new SWAT team is strictly restricted to: Response to scenes of weapon-related crimes, rescue operations, and special operations involving high profile criminals.

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