Nigerians have expressed displeasure over the naming of a new Police squad to replace the defunct Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) just days after it was dissolved.
The Inspector General Of Police, Mohammed Adamu announced on Monday in a statement that he has set up a new Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team that will fill the gaps arising from the dissolution of the defunct SARS.
According to a statement by Force PRO, Frank Mba, prospective members of this new team who are expected to commence training at the different Police tactical training institutions nationwide, next week; will also undergo psychological and medical examination to ascertain their fitness and eligibility for the new assignment.
However, the announcement has set the social media on fire, with many Nigerians describing the move as just a change of name and not the police reform that is being clamoured. Some have also stated that the protests will continue until the demands are met.
A social media broadcast message that quickly went viral is a satire that announces the change of name from SARS to SWAT. It reads: ” Change of Name: I, formerly known as Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), now wish to be known and addressed as Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT). All former behaviours and identities remain valid”
In a message shared to seunawosika.com on WhatzApp, IT professional, Doyin Ijiwola noted: “the problem is not the name of the unit, it’s the personnel. If there are no check and balances, good welfare, change of mindset nothing will change. Even God couldn’t change the slave mindset of the Israelites, He waited for them to all die”
Below are some reactions from twitter;