Will the Disbanded SARS Officers be Redeployed to the SWAT Team?


Disbanded SARS Team to be Redeployed to SWAT Team?

Contrary To Our Previous post about Some important things you should Note about the newly Formed Police Special Weapons and Tactical Teams (SWAT).

It could be recalled that the Formation and Introduction of The SWAT Team comes as a result of the nationwide protest called “End Special Anti-Robbery Squad” (End SARS).

#EndSARS Was a social movement that started on Twitter calling for banning of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, a unit of the Nigerian Police Force.

It is a call to end police oppression and brutality in Nigeria.

The protests started as a social media campaign using the hashtag #ENDSARS to demand for Nigeria’s government to scrap and end the deployment of Nigeria Police Force Special Anti-Robbery Squad, popularly known as SARS.

Within the weekend (9th–11th of October, 2020), the #ENDSARS hashtag had up to 28 million tweets.

Nigerians have shared both stories and video evidence of how members of SARS engaged in kidnapping, murder, theft, rape, torture, unlawful arrests, high-handedness, humiliation, unlawful detention, extrajudicial killings, and extortion.

Here are the New Release Rules by the Nigerian Inspector General of Police (IGP) lately today after a new Hashtag was Formed called #ENDSWAT on Social Media.

  1. No personnel of the defunct SARS
    will be selected to be part of the new TACTICAL team.
  2. Operations of the new TACTICAL team will be strictly intelligence-driven.
  3. Members of the new TACTICAL team will by no means embark on routine patrols.
  4. Members of the new TACTICAL team are barred from indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops and other smart devices.
  5. Operatives of the new TACTICAL team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those touching on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights.

Mandate of the new TACTICAL team is strictly restricted to:

i) Response to robbery attacks
ii) Response to scenes of
weapon-related crimes
ii) Rescue operations
iv) Special operations involving
high profile criminals

Michael Kim

Posted Oct 14th, 2020

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