The federal government has restated its commitment to the reform of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi made this known at the Sokoto State Police Command headquarters on Sunday.
Dingyadi said that following the outcry of Nigerians against the misconduct of the defunct Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), President Muhammad Buhari immediately directed the Inspector General Of Police, Mr Muhammad Adamu to disband the unit.
He added that as part of the reforms the president also directed the IGP to introduce a new unit, the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) unit, with a mandate of stamping out crime.
The minister disclosed that personnel of the new SWAT team which are currently being trained in Rivers, Nasarawa and Osun States would undergo psychological and mental test before final deployment.
He also revealed that President Buhari had directed the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to devise a new salary structure for the Nigerian police.
Dingyadi said: “The government is not happy about those who lost their lives and properties to this mayhem,” adding that the hoodlums, who hijacked the protests, would be brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
He appealed to the protesters to leave the streets and give the government time to implement their demands.