The Police Affairs Minister, Muhammad Dingyadi has justified the immediate creation of the Special Weapons And Tactics Team SWAT by the Nigeria Police force as a replacement for the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad unit.
Speaking on ‘Politics Today’, a Channels Tv programme, Dingyadi said that the creation of the new police unit was necessitated by the gap left by the disbanded SARS and insecurity requires every hour check.
In his own words, “Many people have expressed concerns about the swift reaction but we need to understand that this issue of insecurity is at every hour presence and we have to take steps to fill in the gap and that is why we established a new unit to replace SARS. The assignment being done by SARS before they were disbanded is there to be performed by somebody.
“So, we needed to quicken the process to ensure that there is a unit in place that is in charge of these things. And we can not take them in to take charge of these without giving them training and a new order so that they do not go and repeat the same mistake as SARS.”
Regarding the Issue of the new unit carrying AK-47 rifle, Minister Dingyadi disclosed that the new police unit will continue carrying the AK-47 rifle, but will combine it with intelligence.
He said; “the AK-47 you are talking about, we think we are satisfied with the way it is being used and we have no intention to change the weapon that they are using. But with the changing trends in this century, we may consider the possibility of bringing in new types of weapons that you see in other places. But for now, we are going to continue with the AK-47, it serves the purpose that they are meant to serve.”
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