The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin has established a Special Weapons and Tactical Team (SWAT) unit to assist in checking security challenges in the country.
Abolurin in a statement by the Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Emma Okeh said that the new unit was also in line with the Corps' mandate in protecting lives and property, provide measures against threat and any form of attack or disaster on the nation and its citizenry, and on critical infrastructure, among others.
He said that the SWAT unit was very essential, considering the level of insecurity and the security challenges confronting the society due to the alien crimes such as terrorism, bombing, kidnapping, vandalism, militancy, and cybercrime, among others.
According to the NSCDC Boss, the Corps has trained over 50 personnel sufficiently with the G-Unit protection and investigation in Pretoria, South Africa and Israel on special weapons and tactics from 2010 to date, in order to be able to handle and respond to and resolve critical incidents involving extreme violence or the risks of it.
He said, "The SWAT team's mission is to minimise the risk of serious injury to officers and citizens during crisis situation.
"Considering the nature and specialised training of the SWAT, we have keyed into the vision of making the nation a safe haven by tackling every level of insecurity by establishing the SWAT Unit with their activities independent of the armed squads and to serve as the last resort of the civil populace."
According to him, "As a designated unit specially trained and equipped to work as a coordinated team to respond to critical incidents in the area of terrorist attacks, hostage taking, barricaded suspects, sharp shooters and other high-risk incident, the Corps is bent on training more of her personnel nationwide in order to have the unit well established," he added.
Historically, SWAT was established as far back as the 1960s, when local law enforcement agencies were being attacked by increasingly well-armed individuals and groups. SWAT personnel are trained in marksmanship for the development of accurate shooting skills, training in explosives, snipping, defensive tactics, first aid, negotiation, handling ICG units, rappelling and roping techniques as well as in the use of specialised weapons and equipment.
Other training includes the handling and use of special ammunition such as bean bags, flash-bang grenades, tasers and the use of crowd control methods and special non-lethal ammunitions. Also it's the close quarters' defensive tactics training as a primary mission upon becoming a full time SWAT officer.