Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, has defined the qualifications of officers to be trained from Monday in the new police tactical team.
The new police tactical team, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), to replace the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad(SARS) will not include any ex-SARS operatives the IGP pointed.
The IGP also says the operatives for the new unit are officers without any record of mis-deeds within their at-least 7 years of service in the Nigerian Police Force.
The IGP says all officers selected into the new unit will undergo “physical fitness test, medical and toxicology screening etc and those found to be unsuitable shall be discharged.”
Details of the public statement was made public in a statement on Sunday by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba. The statement was titled, ‘NPF New Tactical Team Commences Training Monday Oct 19’.
In allaying the fears of Nigerians, the IGP says the SWAT team “will operate within very high professional and ethical standards, rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.”
The IGP says its making efforts to ensure that the training for the new team operatives will meet international standards of practice in policing, partnership is already established with International Committee of the Red Cross and other development partners for the training which begins tomorrow at the Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.
The IGP says the ICRC will deliver training related to humanitarian laws, police conduct in conflict situation, human rights standard especially in the use of force and firearms, arrest and detention amongst others.
Recall that for nearly three weeks now, the #EndSARS protests have been taking place across major cities in the country with youths calling for the reform of the police force.