A group under the auspices of association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), has criticized the proposed establishment of the Special Weapons And Tactical Team, (SWAT), by Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police, Mohammad Adamu.
CRIMECHANNELS gathered that the South East Town Unions stated its feelings which was contained in a statement signed by National President, Chief Emeka Diwe and made available to journalists in Umuahia, on Friday.
The group said the new tactical team was one of the antics by some top ranking Police officials to shield operatives of the disbanded operatives of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).
The Association said SWAT can not be a solution to the brutality of innocent people, they also opined that the idea was ill thought as well.
Parts of the ASETU statement reads, “The manner that the so-called disbandment of SARS has been done appears more like a political action instead of a comprehensive security measure. Nobody is in doubt that there is need for a unit of the police which should specialize in combating high-risk crimes like armed robbery.”
“This is the tradition the world over. However, the action of the IGP in dissolving SARS without first raising and training a new dedicated unit to combat violent crimes has created a security lacuna of extremely dangerous proportions.”
“What will be the fate of Nigerians between now and when the IGP will eventually come up with a new policing arrangement to address the issue of armed robbery.”
“Our contention is that the scrapping of SARS, which has been done without first addressing the fundamental questions of abuse and brutality, seems engineered from above to give a soft landing to a notorious gang of untrained policemen who have serially killed, robbed and maimed Nigerians”.