#EndSARS: From SARS To SWAT, Will There Be Any Difference?

October 13, 2020

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Earlier this evening, the Inspector General of Police, through the Force Public Relations Officer, stated that the members of the disbanded SARS are to report for psychological evaluation at the Force Headquarters before being deployed to other Police units.

He also stated that there will be a creation of a new Special Weapons and Tactical Unit (SWAT) to fill the role of the defunct SARS for the time being.

The new SWAT members will also be psychologically and medically examined to check for the fitness for the new role.

Read: Now That The IGP Has Dissolved SARS, What Next?

Will SWAT Be Different From SARS?

Going by the name, SWAT is a weapons and tactical unit. The name does not really describe whatever job they’ll be doing, but it is expected that they take up the role of the defunct SARS in fight against armed robbery.

But SWAT should not be on the streets like SARS, if it is any different. It must be a “tactical” unit. It must not harrass and violate the rights of Nigerian citizens like SARS.

Either way, the taste of the pudding is in the eating. We await what becomes of SWAT. Will it be any different from SARS? Time will tell.

Doyin Olagunju

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