- Northern governors have reacted to reports that it is not in support of the disbandment of the controversial police unit called SARS
- Chairman of the forum, Governor Lalong, stated that the NGF is not against the unit been scrapped
- Lalong explained that the forum warns against the blanket condemnation of the police
The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has stated that it is not against the recent scrapping of the disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) following the recent protests by Nigerians against the unit.
Channels TV reports that the chairman of the forum and Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong, made the clarification in Kaduna on Wednesday, November 18.
Lalong while speaking at an event explained that the governors are not against the disbandment of the popular unit contrary to some misconceptions in some quarters
While reiterating the forum's commitment to tackling regional challenges, Lalong noted that the NGF will collaborate with the federal government and security agencies to address these issues and other criminal activities.
This development is coming a month after the northern governors declared that the controversial unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region.
The governors had rejected the disbandment of SARS on Thursday, October 15, urging the federal government to have a rethink on it.
Lalong maintained that though the president had already approved the scrapping of SARS, the northern states did not believe the squad should be disbanded because of its shortcomings.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Sunday, October 11, declared its support for the federal government’s decision to disband the dreaded and hated SARS.
The party also declared its support for the reform of the Nigeria Police Force. APC disclosed this in a statement issued by Yekini Nabena, its deputy national publicity secretary.
According to the party, the scrapping of SARS shows Buhari's resolve to achieve better policing and necessary reforms.
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