The HashTag Is Simple & Clear – #EndSWAT

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The Nigeria Police Force has announced the creation of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit to replace the recently-dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The announcement was made earlier today by the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu in a press briefing promising that all members of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) would also be in Abuja for debriefing, psychological and medical examination. They will be retrained before being redeployed into mainstream policing duties.

This is clearly not helping the situation get better in any way.

Nigerian Youths have started the new hashtag #EndSWAT as we are stuck on pushing for the Reformation of the Nigerian Police Force and complete disbandment of SARS not the rebranded version.

Why doesn’t SWAT work?

Nigerian Youths have clearly stated what the problem is and what needs to be done to bring a solution and it’s as clear as the #EndSARS hashtag that was created to send this message. Creating another division that is probably modeled after SARS a solution isn’t a solution, one they’ve tried in 2017 when F-SARS was announced.

Making a new police division with the same existing members does not serve as a reformation, neither does it serve as a solution to the existing problems. 

Introducing a new system that does not work while protesters are still out protesting, would only fuel protest even more.

Also, previous statements of the IGP to dissolute the SARS unit has failed to put an end to the protests that started last week.

Several deaths have been recorded in Oyo and Lagos state in the past few days, with reports of police brutality in places like Nassarawa, Abuja the capital city of the country.

Youths are calling for the resignation of the IGP as regards the conduct of his officials during the peaceful protests and his lack of authority with dealing with the unit.

What works?

Nigerian Youths are asking that there should be an arrest of all officers who have killed and brutalized protesters, especially those who can be identified.

The message is clear and simple. Reform the police force and put an end to Police brutality in the country.

As part of law enforcement, police officers have four major responsibilities:

  • Enforcing laws.
  • Preventing crimes.
  • Responding to emergencies.
  • Providing support services.

Nigerian Police Force has clearly failed in all of these. #EndSWATNOW

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