EndSARS: No Unit Has Been Created To Replace SARS -Police Consultant
A security expert and consultant to the Nigeria Police, Tosan Eyiwunmi, has said that the Nigerian Police and the Inspector General of Police have not created any unit to replace the defunct SARS.
The Police Consultant made this disclosure this weekend while clarifying the report that the Inspector General of Police had created another police unit SWAT to replace the disbanded SARS.
While reacting to the report, Tosan noted that the SWAT team was yet to be created and officers of the defunct SARS will never be a part of it.
In his words:
“SWAT which means Special Weapons and Tactics is a generic word in the security corridor across the world,” Eyiwunmi said.
“SWAT is used in America, it is used in Germany and even in Britain. It is not a word that is coined by the Nigeria Police or by the IG. And As it were, he has not constituted anybody or unit. He was just explaining to members of the public that a unit like SWAT would come in place of the dissolved SARS. As we speak, there is no new unit like that as he wanted to reassure Nigerians that there won’t be any vacuum in the security network of the nation. He was assuring the people that the Nigeria Police Force would live up to its responsibility by constituting another body that would carry out the duties that would be in tandem with the functions of SWAT.
“SWAT is usually and generally a body that is expected to respond to violent crimes and they work with intelligence and technology, which is different from SARS. SWAT is not a body that you see every day on the road. But because the public misunderstood him, that is why there has been this negative reaction.
“That is in the pipeline. He was only saying, that is what he intended to do. Before they put it together, those people would have to be specially trained because SWAT is a technical, tactical that would have to be trained by professionals. It is not a place you put in every Dick, Tom, and Harry because it requires well-trained personnel.
“Just like the FBI in America is not the regular policemen one finds everywhere, that is how SWAT operatives would function.
“The Mobile Police is created to quell riots but SWAT is meant to work on highly technical matters bothering on intelligence and mostly operate in plain clothes. For instance, in the case of kidnapping, you can’t wear a police uniform to go and arrest kidnappers because you would have given yourself out already. Before they go, they would have done their investigation and worked on the intelligence gathered.”
Recall that Nigerian Youths for days now, has been on the street protesting for the scraping of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for its brutality to Nigerian youths.
Although SARS has been dissolved, Nigerian youths heightened their protests after the Inspector General of Police remarked the creation of another police unit, SWAT to replace SARS.
According them, the creation of the SWAT team, within the short period of the protest will see officers from the defunct SARS unit recruited back into the New SWAT team.