With the Special Anti-Robbery Squad dissolved, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has established the Special Weapons and Tactics Team that will take over the duties of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
According to Frank Mba, the force spokesman, the IGP had also instructed all personnel of the disbanded SARS to report at force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing.
His words: “The Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu, NPM, mni has, today, 13th October 2020, in accordance with Section 18 (10) of the Police Act 2020, ordered all personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination. The officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties”.
The prospective members of the new team, who would undergo tactical training, next week, will undergo a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
Furthemore, DCP Frank Mba disclosed that the personnel from 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.
Nigerians have, however, rejected the creation of the new unit, postulating that it will not end the brutalization of citizens.
Some also argued that the new name given to the unit will give the police autonomous rights to further harass and intimidate Nigerians as they refer to the new unit as an advanced version of SARS.