Governors of the 19 northern states have rejected the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday that the police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region.
“SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are doing their work diligently,” he said.
Lalong said what is needed is the reformation of the unit to enable it to discharge its functions “optimally”.
On Sunday October 11, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP), had announced the disbandment of SARS following nationwide protests against alleged human rights violations by the unit.
But the protests have spread across the states with the #EndSARS campaigners demanding the prosecution of all officers named in cases of rights abuses.
Except in Abuja, the protests have not received good support from citizens in the northern part of the country.
The police leadership came up with a new unit named Special Weapons and Tactics, SWAT, and promised further reforms.