The Governors of the 19 northern states have rejected the disbandment of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

According to Simon Lalong Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, the unit is instrumental in the fight against insecurity in the region.

SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are doing their work diligently,”


According to, Lalong said reformation of the unit to enable it discharge its functions “optimally” is better.

It can be recalled that Lalong’s counterpart, Governor Zulum of Borno has asked the FG to redeploy SARS personnel into the state, to help combat insurgency. The Governor made the call when a delegation led by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Argebesola met him at Government House, Maiduguri.

“We are not in support of brutality by any security outfit, but to be sincere, here in Borno State the efforts of SARS operatives in the counter-insurgency operations need not to be overemphasized,” Zulum said.

“They are doing a wonderful job in containing the security situation in Borno State. They have greatly supplemented the efforts of the Nigerian Military”, he further added.

The Northern Region has been battling insurgency and insecurity in the region. Just days ago, 12 people were killed and countless others were injured when gunmen attacked Kidandan and Kadai villages in Giwa Local Government, Kaduna State.

Meanwhile, The FCT Security Committee has banned protest in the capital city, citing safety and security reasons.

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