#EndSARS: Era Of Any Police Unit Profiling People Is Gone, Not Acceptable — IGP Says

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has made it very clear that the era of police officers profiling citizens as fraudsters while engaging in illegal stop and search duties has ended.

Speaking during a press conference at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday October 14, Adamu explained that the unjust harassments and extortion is unacceptable.

“The issue of ANY Police Unit going to look into people’s phones, which is supposed to be their private property, or looking at the type of vehicle they‘re using, or profiling them to see whether they‘re yahoo boys or not—that era is gone. It is not acceptable!,” he said.

This is coming 24 hours after the report that a new squad known as Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) has been formed to fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the rogue Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) unit of the Nigerian Police Force.

He also explained that it is the first time that the police force is taking a decisive decision to disband the tactical police unit after endless accusations of notorious crimes. “This is the first time, the first time, that a decisive decision was taken to dissolve [SARS]. We’ve never done it before and we’ve never said it before,” the Inspector-General added.

 

On Tuesday, Nigeria Police Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba released a statement detailing the new orders put in place after the creation of SWAT. He noted that the prospective members will undergo tactical training next week and also a psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.

Also, the Inspector General of Police ordered all the personnel of the defunct SARS to report at the Force Headquarters, Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.

Mba said that the officers are expected to undergo this process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

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