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EndSARS: No Unit Has Been Created To Replace SARS Yet – Police
For close to two weeks now, Nigerian youths have been on the streets demonstrating against police brutality especially ones perpetuated by the Special Anti Robbery Squad, which goes by the acronym, SARS.
Apart from, SARS, the demonstrators are demanding a comprehensive reform of the Nigeria Police, a review of the condition of service and improved welfare for the police. And does appear the demands are growing as days go by.
The protest which has escalated to all states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory has been received by the international community like a raging wild fire.
In his reaction to the general discontent, President Mohammadu Buhari, after a meeting with the police hierarchy directed the IG to disband the notorious SARS. In compliance with the presidential directive, the IG announced that SARS had been proscribed. He added that a new outfit, in the form of SWAT would be created to replace the much vilified SARS.
The IG’s pronouncement triggered more demonstrations. The protesting youths feel the government was playing on their intelligence by substituting one form of SARS with another under a different name.
But Tosan Eyiwunmi, a security expert and consultant to the Nigeria Police has said that contrary to the widespread belief, the Inspector-General of Police was yet to create any unit to replace SARS.
Speaking for the first time since the crisis started, Eyiwunmi who is the CEO of Crime Fighters told Weekend Vanguard that the IG only said that a new unit, in the form of SWAT would be created to replace SARS, meaning he was only telling the people what the police would do, following the disbandment of SARS. “SWAT which means Special Weapons and Tactics is a generic word in the security corridor across the world.
SWAT is used in America, it is used in Germany and even in Britain. It is not a word that is coined by the Nigeria Police or by the IG. And As it were, he has not constituted any body or unit. He was just explaining to members of the public that a unit like SWAT would come in place of the dissolved SARS. As we speak, there is no new unit like that as he wanted to reassure Nigerians that there won’t be any vacuum in the security network of the nation. He was assuring the people that the Nigeria Police Force would live up to its responsibility by constituting another body that would carry out the duties that would be in tandem with the functions of SWAT.”
Explaining further, Eyiwunmi said, “SWAT is usually and generally a body that is expected to respond to violent crimes and they work with intelligence and technology, which is different from SARS. SWAT is not a body that you see everyday on the road. But because the public misunderstood him, that is why there has been this negative reaction.”
She insisted, the IG has not created another unit. “That is in the pipeline. He was only saying, that is what he intended to do. Before they put it together, those people would have to be specially trained because SWAT is a technical, tactical that would have to be trained by professionals. It is not a place you put in every Dick, Tom and Harry because it requires well trained personnel.”
She informed that SWAT is not the regular policemen one finds on the road or streets on patrol. “Just like the FBI in America is not the regular policemen one finds everywhere, that is how SWAT operatives would function.
She clarified the misconceptions some analysts have propounded against the formation of SWAT when there was already in place a Mobile Police unit. “The Mobile Police is created to quell riots but SWAT is meant to work on highly technical matters bothering on intelligence and mostly operate in plain clothes. For instance, in the case of kidnapping, you can’t wear police uniform to go and arrest kidnappers because you would have given yourself out already. Before they go, they would have done their investigation and worked on the intelligence gathered.
Gov Umahi Denies Defecting To APC
My attention has been drawn to the news making the round in some quarters of the media, alleging that the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Umahi has defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
The news is a product of a figment of imagination on the part of the carriers as Governor Umahi was, is, and is still flying the flag of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It is, however, difficult to observe how people are easily persuaded to believe in fake dummies in the name of rumours.
If for any reason, Governor Umahi wishes to leave People Democratic Party (PDP), it will be officially communicated and can never be a product from rumour mongers.
The general public is advised to jettison such unfounded rumour.
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)
We will go to war if southerners wants to use this #Endsars protest to remove buhari- Shettima
The leader of arewa consultative forum has Stated that the North will not hold their hand and watch southerners remove Buhari from power because of there thirsty desire to restructure the government. They didn’t restructure or remove Goodluck from power and fulani tribe never complained either.
Speaking to news men in Minna, SHETTIMA stated that the southerners are trying to cheat the North again as they did after the death of Yar-adua.
He stated the readiness of the North to an imminent war if the protesters demands for buhari’s resignation or an End to Nigeria.
In his words……
Since 1999, the south has been cheating us as regards to the office of the president.
When obasanjo was the president, nobody Disturbed him until after his complete eight years in office.
IMMEDIATELY our brother took over, they went against him until he died. Instead of using another northerner to complete his tenure, they forced Jonathan on us.
Now our brother buhari is in power again,they are using everything AGAINST him forgetting that we still have 8 years after his tenure to equal that of Jonathan and obasanjo.
The point is that we the northerners are not going to all it. We will go to war if the protesters ever demand for buhari to resign or an end of NIGERIA like some of them are doing in ANAMBRA STATE..
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