The Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday further assured that no personnel of its defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be selected to be part of the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team.
The Force also noted that the tactical teams are barred from an indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops and other smart devices.
These are contained in a mandate signed by the Police Spokesman, DCP Frank Mba and titled “Important Facts About The New-Created Tactical Team.”
Recall that the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu had dissolved the SARS and set up the tactical team following nationwide protests.
The protesters, however, insisted that the agitation will continue as they believe the creation of SWAT was a move to get them off the streets.
“Operations of the new tactical team will be strictly intelligence-driven.
“Members of the new tactical team will by no means embark on routine patrols.
“Operatives of the new tactical team must be free of any pending disciplinary matter especially those touching on misuse of firearms and abuse of human rights,” the Police added in its new mandate for SWAT.
The tactical teams, according to the Force, will respond to robbery attacks, scenes of weapon-related crimes, rescue operations and special operations involving high profile criminals.