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IGP Establishes New Police Unit “SWAT” To Replace SARS

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Nigeria Police Need 250,000 Rifles, 1,000 APCs, 774 Drones, The Inspector-General of Nigerian Police, Mohammed Adamu, needs 250,000 on Tuesday said apart from inadequate personnel, the Nigeria Police Force needed no fewer than 1,000 armoured personnel carriers and 250,000 assault rifles with corresponding ammunition. Adamu, who disclosed this at a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs, tagged, ‘Repositioning the Nigeria Police for an Enhanced Service Delivery, said the country needed 2,000,000 tear gas canisters and smoke grenades. Other equipment the IG said the force required included 200,000 riot gunners and smoke pistols, 1,000 tracking devices, and 774 operational drones, among others. He also lamented that poor remuneration scared best and suitable applicants away from the police. As part of efforts to address problems confronting the NPF, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last year gave the force the go-ahead to recruit 10,000 police officers. Besides inadequate manpower, the police are also battling with other problems including dilapidated barracks, poor remuneration and low budgetary allocations. The PUNCH had on August 23, 2019 reported that ten months after the President approved an increase in police salaries and allowances, policemen had yet to receive the pay rise. The President had in November 2018, approved an enhanced salary structure for the NPF.

IGP Establishes New Police Unit “SWAT” To Replace SARS

 

IGP Establishes New Police Unit “SWAT” To Replace SARS

Inspector general of police Mohammed Adamu has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics team to fill gaps arising from the scrapping of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

 

Members of the SWAT team will undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility.

 

They are to begin training at different police tactical training institutions next week.

Personnel from police commands in the southeast and south-south will train at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State.

Personnel from commands in the north at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State

 

Those from the southwest will train at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State.

 

Meanwhile, personnel of the defunct SARS are to report at the Force Headquarters Abuja for “debriefing, psychological and medical examination,” according to a statement released Tuesday by Force Spokesman Frank Mba.

 

“The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.”

A newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit will carry out a medical examination on the defunct SARS personnel on recall.

 

The unit will henceforth engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of officers deployed for tactical operations.

 

Its members include psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, pastors, imams, public relations experts, civil society and human rights groups.

 

Domiciled in the Police’s medical department and coordinated by a medical officer.

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