What Is NDLEA SWAT And Why Are They On Our Roads?

Pictures of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) SWAT team operatives has caused a stir on Nigerian social media space.

The photo was shared on Twitter by popular Nigerian rapper and social activist, Ruggedman which depicts two different scenes where operatives of the NDLEA SWAT were interrogating vehicle occupants and searching their phones.

The rapper in the post questioned who the operatives were, and why they were searching phones.

Apparently the group has been in existence for a while now and have even been captured back in 2018 by a photographer on Getty Images.

A member of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) SWAT sits on the back of a vehicle during a visit to a clandestine lab busted in November on November 22, 2018. – With access to lucrative markets to the south and east, and aided by porous borders and corrupt law enforcement, experts warn Nigeria is fast becoming a major player in the global methamphetamine market. (Photo by STEFAN HEUNIS / AFP) (Source: STEFAN HEUNIS/AFP via Getty Images)


Many Nigerians are also questioning the team and have gone on to share their dissatisfaction and anger at the unknown group.

Remember that the country is still healing from the #EndSars protest which left several dead and properties destroyed and vandalized and now this.

A SWAT team is a group of highly trained police officers who deal with very dangerous criminals. SWAT is an acronym that means Special Weapons And Tactics. SWAT officers carry weapons of higher caliber than most police officers do, such as machine guns, shotguns, and sniper rifles – Wikipedia.

OSG has reached out to the Police HQ and NDLEA HQ.

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