The northern governors cries out over the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), said that the police unit helps to fight insecurity in the region.
They totally rejected the decision made by the federal government to dissolve SARS in Nigeria, adding that the police unit has been useful to them to fight against insecurity in the northern region.
The Plateau state Governor, Simon Lalong, who’s the Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) was on Thursday disclose this to reporters after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
He said that even though the government has dissolved the police unit, the Northern states are of the opinion that the baby should not be thrown away with the bath water.
In his words;
“When we see issues like this, because most of the complaints vary from one state to the other; in one aspect, some people said they don’t want SARS, some said they want SARS but a reformed SARS.
“So, our opinion and conclusion at that stage was that let us not just say we are throwing away the baby with bath water.null
“If there are good ones, you don’t chase them away. So, as SARS is banned, we are now looking forward to…because most of the states in the north said no. They want SARS because SARS helps them.
“Borno said without SARS, he would not have been surviving today. Niger also wants SARS. So, if you are addressing this issue of SARS, you need to know what is wrong in some places. Is it the process of recruitment?
“Is it the character of the people? You can’t say because somebody is wrong, everybody is wrong in the country. These are some of the issues we concluded yesterday.
“And it’s for the chairman to go and meet Mr. President to still look at this issue holistically and critically so that we understand where we are going.”