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.
— RUGGEDMAN (@RuggedyBaba) December 20, 2020
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.
Many Nigerians are also questioning the team and have gone on to share their dissatisfaction and anger at the unknown group.
USA and the world should Sue Nigerian government for using and demeaning the ‘SWAT’ name.
NDLEA SWAT pic.twitter.com/iNL0Nnkhvl
— Ade_D_King? (@ade_d_king) December 21, 2020
Remember that the country is still healing from the #EndSars protest which left several dead and properties destroyed and vandalized and now this.
After #EndSARS we now have NDLEA SWAT on the road checking people's phones. That means we are back to square one. These ones do exactly what SARS were doing. Aluta continua! Victoria Ascertain!#EndSWAT pic.twitter.com/UGZHwdWEla
— ?Ó??NBREED?? (@ItsTosin) December 21, 2020
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.
See other reactions below:
WTF is NDLEA SWAT? Just another rogue team coming up! Y'all better end that shit pic.twitter.com/5XUCpNPLb1
— iYANUOLUWA (@olukhunle6) December 21, 2020
NDLEA SWAT this might be the next nightmare in this country , Ndlea Swat are going through people's Phone , @ndlea_nigeria this has to stop before it goes out of hand ? #EndSARS pic.twitter.com/34LSknDuot
— MoiVoke? (@moi_voke) December 21, 2020
We go still protest, NDLEA SWAT ?????. Madness pic.twitter.com/MlFFme2Q2x
— FREEDOMISEVERYTHING (@Anuhwue_) December 18, 2020