The Nigerian police authorities on Wednesday said no officials of the now defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) will be deployed to its new tactical unit.
Frank Mba ( policemen spokesman) said in a statement that the operations of the new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) will be “intelligence-driven”.
“Members of this new team will go through psychological and medical examination to make sure they’re fit and eligible for the new assignment”Mba said in a separate statement on Tuesday.
SARS was scrapped at the weekend following days of protests by Nigerian youth who demanded for the unit to be scrapped.
The unit which was accused of extrajudicial killings, kidnapping, extreme forms of torture, extortion and intimidation.
FSARS members are allegedly reported to arrest young Nigerians for simply possessing laptops and expensive phones, especially iPhones. These gadgets were usually searched forcefully, sometimes even at gunpoint.
Mba said the new unit created to “fill the gaps” left by the proscription of SARS will “barred from indiscriminate and unlawful search of phones, laptops and other smart devices.”