Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi has declared that officers of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team have been deployed to state commands.
Speaking while featuring on Channels Television programme on Friday, Dingyadi said the SWAT team was formed following the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) last year.
He disclosed that the SWAT officers have been posted to the states they were drafted from after they have concluded their training.
The minister noted that the SWAT officers have already started performing the functions of the disbanded SAR.
He said: “They have ended their training, and they have been posted to the state police commands that brought them for training.
“They are there with them and they are performing these functions of the SWAT.”
Following the nationwide #EndSARS protests in October 2020, the immediate past Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disbanded SARS team over allegations of human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings.
Adamu also announced the formation of SWAT operatives to replace the disbanded SARS.
About 1,850 members of SWAT were later trained at the Police Mobile Force Training School, Ila-Oragun , Osun State and the PMF Training School, Ende Hills, Nasarawa State.