Nigerians have rejected the formation of a new police unit to replace the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had announced the setting up of a new Special Weapons and Tactics team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.
Nigerians have, however, rejected the creation of the new unit, positing that it will not end the brutalization of citizens.
Some also argued that the new name given to the unit will give the police unfettered rights to further harass and intimidate Nigerians as they refer to the new unit as an advanced version of SARS.
A Twitter user, @henrymelvinone, while reacting to the development said, “If we are moving from SARS to SWAT, IGP should launch a portal where youths can sign up for registration and training. It is part of employment. Don’t recycle.”
A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri, also reacted to the formation of the new SWAT unit.
Omokri insisted that SWAT will be like when NEPA changed to PHCN.
He tweeted: “The SWAT announced by the @PoliceIGP is a Greek Gift.
“Without weeding out errant cops and recruiting new blood, who must go through a different and better training than SARS, the SWAT will just be like when NEPA changed to PHCN #ENDSARS #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria#SARSMUSTEND.
Mavin Records CEO and ace music producer, Don Jazzy,also reacted to the formation of the new SWAT unit.
Don Jazzy in a post via his Twitter account, insisted that the new unit SWAT should be ended before the Government starts listing unnecessary expenses used to set up the unit.
“They should just end this SWAT now before it starts o.