The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has said operatives of the new Police Tactical Team will operate within very high professional and ethical standards.
Adamu said that the team will uphold the rule of law and dictates of best international policing practices.
The SWAT force will commerce training on Monday, October 19. The IGP promised that the defunct SARS members will not be in the new team.
According to DCP Frank Mba in a statement, said;
“In pursuant of the above objectives, the NPF is partnering with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and other development partners for the training of the Tactical Team which commences Monday, October 19, at the Police Mobile Force (PMF) Training School, Ila Oragun, Osun State, and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.
“The IGP reiterates that no personnel of the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be a member the new Tactical Team.
“He notes that the officers selected for the training are young, smart and energetic officers who have acquired not less than seven years working experience with clean service records— no pending disciplinary matters, no record of violation of rights of citizens or misuse of firearms— and are physically fit to withstand the rigour of SWAT Training and Operations.
“The ICRC, an independent International human rights and humanitarian support organisation with over 71 years experience in humanitarian services and institutional support and development, will provide resource persons and materials to handle the human rights components of the training programme.
“The training modules will be handled by other carefully selected development partners, security experts as well as veterans from the civil society and human rights community.
“The IGP charges the training coordinators to ensure a diligent and timely delivery of the Tactical Team.
“The IGP, therefore, seeks the cooperation of the citizens in the ongoing development drive for a new and reformed Nigeria Police Force.
“He enjoins them to be patient and to believe in the reform processes which are all directed at ensuring the security, safety and rights of all.”