Northern states have rejected the total dismissal of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, saying that the police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region.
The Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong made this pronouncement while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa Abuja on Thursday.
According to him, even though President Buhari has already approved the scrapping of FSARS, the northern states do not believe that the baby should be thrown away with the bath water.
Earlier, the Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum, has called on the Federal Government to deploy the dissolved Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, personnel to Borno State, to complement the efforts of the Military’s fight against Boko Haram.
Zulum made the call in Maiduguri when he was receiving the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregebesola, who led a delegation to the state. This is coming on the heels of a peaceful procession by some youths, in solidarity with the SARS activities in the state.
Zulum said, in Borno state, SARS had made remarkable achievements against Boko Haram.
The Plateau governor suggested that, FSARS was not made up of bad elements alone as it also included personnel who were doing their work diligently.
The Governor said what is needed is the reformation of the unit to enable it to discharge its functions optimally.
He, however, acknowledged that there are divisions in the country concerning the continued existence of the uni