The abolition of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has been opposed by some governors in the northern part of the country.
After a meeting with President Muhammad Buhari in Abuja on Thursday, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, president of the Northern Governors Forum, told State House correspondents that the police unit has been helpful in mitigating insecurity in the region.
“SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are doing their work diligently,”.
Lalong argued that the northern states do not agree that the baby should be thrown away with the bath water, while the president has already approved the scrapping of SARS.
Lalong said the reform of the unit is what is required to enable it to discharge its functions ‘optimally.’
Recall that inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu declared on Sunday the disbandment of SARS following nationwide protests against alleged abuses of human rights by the unit.
But the protests continued as campaigners for #EndSARS demanded that all officers named in cases of rights abuses be prosecuted.
The protests have spread throughout the nation and have continued for days.