Richard Ginika Izuora
Operatives of the newly named Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), unit of the Police that replaces SARS are expected to undergo a psychological and medical examination; to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
The personnel from Police commands in the South-East and the South-South will be trained at the Counter-Terrorism College, Nonwa-Tai, Rivers State,,while Police Commands in the North and the South-West will be trained at the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ende, Nasarawa State and the Police Mobile Force Training College, Ila-Orangun, Osun State, respectively.
Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, also on Tuesday, October 13, issued an edict to all personnel of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) to report at the force headquarters in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination.
This mandate was contained in a statement issued by the Force Spokesperson, Frank Mba.
The IGP stated that the disbanded SARS officials are expected to undergo the process as a prelude to further training and reorientation before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.
However, the time-frame for the medical evaluation has not been disclosed.
The medical examination will be carried out by a newly set-up Police Counselling and Support Unit (PCSU).
This unit, the Force says will, henceforth, engage in psychological management, reorientation and training of the officers of the force deployed for tactical operations and other duties.
“The unit, which is domiciled with the Force Medical Department and coordinated by the Force Medical Officer, has its membership drawn from among psychiatrists; psychologists; medics; pastors; and imams; public relations practitioners; civil society and other human rights groups with relevant qualification and expertise,” the statement reads in part.
The latest development comes 48 hours after the IGP dissolved SARS following nationwide protests.