Shehu Sani, a former federal lawmaker, has questioned the rationale of the state governors in the northern region of the country over their defence of the now-disbanded Federal Special Anti Robbery Squad (F-SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force.
Simon Lalong, Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum, in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday, said the governors believe that SARS was an effective police unit helping to tackle insecurity issues in the region.
SARS was scrapped by Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police, on Sunday following a week of sustained protests by Nigerians across the country under the #EndSARS movement, demanding the disbandment of the police unit, as well as a holistic reform of the police force.
Lalong, who is the Governor of Plateau State, said he and his colleagues believe that SARS ought to be reformed instead of being scrapped.
But Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth assembly, in a post on Twitter on Friday, wondered why the northern governors described the scrapped police unit as an effective one despite the high rate of criminal activities in the north.
Dear Northern Governors,
If SARS is working in the North why hasn’t kidnappings and killings by Bandits and Terrorists continues unabated?#EndsSARS
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) October 16, 2020