A Senator who represented Kaduna South in the 8th National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has queried Northern Governors why the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has not solved insecurity in the area.
In his Twitter handle Friday, Sani, a public commentator, wrote “Dear Northern Governors, if SARS is working in the North, why has kidnappings and killings by bandits and terrorists continued unabated?
”#EndsSARS”, Sani wrote.
Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, spoke on Thursday in support of the disbanded SARS after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja.
The Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, said though the government has approved the scrapping of the unit, the decision should be reconsidered.
“Some people said they don’t want SARS, some said they want SARS but a reformed SARS…Let us not just say we are throwing away the baby with bath water. If there are good ones, you don’t chase them away”, Lalong said.
According to Mr Lalong, “SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are doing their work diligently.”
Mr Lalong said the disbanded police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the North.
He noted that although some states have genuine cases that need to be addressed, one should not just “throw them (SARS) away.”
He said the northern governors agreed that President Muhammadu Buhari should look at the issues of police reforms holistically before coming up with a way forward.