A credible source at the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) says that the force is about to kick off 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.
According the Nigerian Tribune source, the Commissioners of Police in the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory, (FCT) Command have been directed by the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, to submit 50 names of personnel per state for the scheme.
It was also revealed that the commissioners were strictly advised that on no account should they include members of the defunct sars.
The source also said that those who where to be on the list should not have any pending or decided disciplinary case (s) and that they 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 Officers in-charge to release the affected officers serving in their formations.
The letter titled: “Training of Nigeria Police Special Weapons and Tactics 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/Divisions to report at SHQ Damaturu on Friday 16 October, 2020 by 08:00hrs prompt for CP’s briefing.”
On the document were 50 names of police officers made up of two Chief Superintendents of Police (CSPs), two Superintendents of Police, four Deputy Superintendents of Police (DS P), five Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), three Inspectors, 30 sergeants and four corporals.
According to the source, 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.
All efforts made 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.