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JUST IN: Northern Governors Oppose Disbandment Of SARS

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, disclosed to Journalists at the State House 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.

He said: “SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are  doing their work diligently and is needed is the reformation of the unit to enable it to discharge its functions “optimally.”

Simon Lalong, Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum

It would be recalled that on Sunday, Mohammed Adamu, Inspector-General of Police (IGP), announced the disbandment of SARS following nationwide protests against alleged human rights violations and unlawful torture the officers of the unit.

But the protests continued as the #EndSARS campaigners demanded the prosecution of all officers named in cases of rights abuses.

The protests have spread across the country and have persisted for days.Advertisement

However, while there is a strong momentum of the citizen action in the south of the country, there is a passive response in the northern region.

The police leadership has promised reforms, setting up a new unit named — special weapons and tactics (SWAT).

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