The Inspector General of Police, (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the immediate deployment of recently trained officers of the special Weapon and Tactical Team, (SWAT), a replacement unit for the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Adamu ordered the deployment of SWAT for routine patrols across the country.
The IGP’s directive was addressed to the 17 Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police and Commissioners of Police in Nigeria.
This was made known in a statement with reference number CH:5350/IGP.SEC/ABJ/VOL.20/340, entitled; “Deployment of Newly Formed Special Weapon and Tactical Team operatives,” Vanguard reports.
The statement read: “The Inspector General of Police directs that all recently selected and trained Special Weapon and Tactical Team (SWAT) operatives are to be deployed for routine duties across areas of responsibility immediately.”
Recall that the IGP had inaugurated SWAT following the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, (SARS) due to numerous allegations of rights violations and extrajudicial killings.