The 19 governors of Nigeria’s Northern states have rejected the total disbandment of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, FSARS, submitting that the police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region.
Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, made this declaration 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.
According to him, 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 unit.
Lalong, said he was in the Villa to commend Buhari for approving community policing of which training has commenced in earnest in the various zones of the country.