Police to set up 1,850 operatives for SWAT

THE Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is to kick start the recently created Special Weapons and Tactics Teams (SWAT) Unit with 1,850 operatives in the states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja any time from now, a credible source at the Force Headquarters, revealed this to Tribune Online.

The source said that

already, Commissioners of

Police in the 36 States and

t h e F e d e r a l C a p i t a l

Territory, (FCT) Command

have been directed to submit

50 names of personnel per

state for the scheme.

T h e s o u r c e f u r t h e r

revealed that the CPs

were strictly advised that

no former member of the

defunct SARS should be

included on the list and that

“the nominees should not

have any pending or decided

disciplinary case (s) and must

be of impeccable character.”

A letter with reference

number CB:4770/YBS/

SHQ /SUB.1/89 dated 14

October, 2020 and signed

by the Deputy Commissioner

of Police (Admin) in Yobe

State directed Police Area

Commanders, Divisional

Police officers and Officersin-charge to release the

affected officers serving in

their formations.

The letter titled: “Training

of Nigeria Police Special

We a p o n s a n d Ta c t i c s

Teams (SWAT) to replace

the disbanded Special AntiRobbery Squad (SARS),”

says: “The Commissioner

of Police warn and release

the affected officers serving

in your formations/Dvisions

to report at SHQ Damaturu

on Friday 16 October, 2020

by 0800hrs prompt for CP’s

briefing.”

On the document were

50 names of police officers

made up of two Chief

Suprintendents of Police

(CSPs), two Suprintendents

of Police, four Deputy

Suprintendents of Police

( D S P ) , f i v e A s s i s t a n t

Suprintendents of Police

(ASP), three Inspectors, 30

sergeants and four corporals.

The source said that all

necessary arrangements had

been concluded to ensure

the immediate take off of the

training and formal launching

of the new Security outfit

by the Inspector General of

Police, Mohammed Abubakar

Adamu

Though efforts to get

the reaction of the Force

Public Relations Officer,

FPRO, Frank Mba, a Deputy

Commissioner of Police

DCP, over the development

proved abortive, however

another Senior Police Officer

at the Force Headquarters in

Abuja confirmed the story.

According to him, “yes, we

are commencing the training

of SWAT Operatives anytime

from now, each State Police

Command and the FCT has

been mandated to submit 50

names for the take off of the

pilot scheme, we are good to

go now.”

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