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Inspector General of Police sets up new outfit, SWAT to replace SARS

The IG of Police has announced a new outfit, SWAT to take over from the disbanded SARS.

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has set up a new Police outfit to take over from the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force.

The new outfit known as Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT), will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of SARS.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, in Abuja.

The prospective members of the new outfit will undergo tactical training next week and also a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

Mba in his statement said, “Prospective members of this new team will also undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment. They are to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week.

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“Personnel from the Police Commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State. Those from the Police Commands in the North and the South-West will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.’

Also, the Inspector General of Police has ordered all the personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

Mba said that the officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

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He said, “The medical examination will be carried out by the newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU), a Unit which henceforth shall engage in psychological management, re-orientation and training of officers of the Force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.

“The Unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from psychiatrists, psychologists, medics, pastors, imams, public relations practitioners, civil society, and other human rights groups with relevant qualifications and expertise.”

Chike Olisah is a graduate of accountancy with over 15 years working experience in the financial service sector. He has worked in research and marketing departments of three top commercial banks. Chike is a senior member of the Nairametrics Editorial Team. You may contact him via his email- [email protected]

2 Comments

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  1. Anonymous

    October 16, 2020 at 12:02 am

    IG don’t need to take SARS for test send them to sambisa forest to become anty-bokoharam

  2. anthony patrick

    October 16, 2020 at 9:09 am

    #IG the SWAT team should be newly recruited instead of rotating alserving police officers.

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Federal Government declares Thursday October 29 public holiday, to mark Eidl-Mawlid

Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

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The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 29, 2020 as a public holiday to mark the Eidul-Mawlid.

This disclosure was made by the honourable Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola congratulated muslim faithfuls both at home and abroad for the opportunity to observe this year’s celebration. He further enjoined them to show love, patience and perseverance.

In the light of the aforementioned facts, the minister urged Muslims to detest or shun lawlessness, looting and daylight robbery which undermine National security and safety.

Ogbeni Aregbesola, who described the youths as the hope and future of the nation, advised them to deepen democracy and not dampen it.

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For him, it is with more democracy that we can overcome our challenges, noting that the challenges of nationhood that we face are surmountable if we work through the democratic process.

What you should know:

Eid Mawlid is an annual celebration for Muslims meant to marked the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed.

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Just-in: President Buhari reappoints Yakubu as INEC Chairman for second term

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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INEC to introduce election results viewing portal, INEC headquarters gutted by fire

President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five-year term.

This disclosure was made by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari nominates Prof Yakubu as INEC chairman for a second term in office’.

The statement read, “President Muhammadu Buhari has presented the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, for a second term in office.’

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#EndSARS protest: Hoodlums loot 110 tractors in Yola

Hoodlums looted the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola state.

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Due to the ongoing demonstrations against police brutality tagged “EndSARS” protest, hoodlums have stolen at least 110 tractors and other farm implements from the North East Commodity Association (NECAS) Warehouse In Yola.

Confirming this development to TheVanguard, was the chairman of NECAS, Alhaji Sadiq Umar-Daware, who also revealed that the hoodlums also broke into the main warehouses of the Rice Farmers Association and Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria, carting away valuables which include farm inputs and fertilisers.

What they are saying

Commenting on the latest development, Mr. Umar-Daware, said: “They did not only took tonnes of produce, but they also made away with the farm inputs for the dry season farming and the offices of Rice Farmers Association, Maize Farmers Association of Nigeria (MFAN) and the NECAS were also looted and vandalised.

Commenting further, he said: “What they took away include tonnes of rice, beans, maize, sorghum and millets, and computers, tables, chairs, office equipment, water dispensers and cash,’’ he said.

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Mr. Umar noted that complaints have been forwarded to security agencies, although the organization is still awaiting a formal response. He, however, urged people in Adamawa and its environs to be on the lookout for anybody in possession of the tractors, and report to NECAS, RIFAN and MFAN officials for recovery and necessary action.

What you should know

NECAS is involved in agriculture-related services and human capacity development across the North-East region States of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba, and Yobe.

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Since its establishment in 2018, the association has expanded its scope of activities, especially through the Federal Government, CBN’s Anchor Borrowers’ Programme (ABP), mechanisation drive, and partnerships with development agencies.

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