By; BUHÀRI B. BELLO, Jos
In what appears as a shift, Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong, and also Chairman of the Northern States Governors Forum (NSGF), said he has not gone against the disbandment of the Special Anti Rubbery Squad (SARS).
This was contained in a statement, signed by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr. Makut Macham.
He said Lalong was alleged to have said that Northern Governors want the return of the scrapped Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“The Governor explained that there was no way the Northern Governors will call for the resurrection of an already scrapped SARS as approved by the President and announced by Inspector General of Police,” he said.
Makut said Lalong simply conveyed to State House Correspondents the need for deeper and wholistic reform of the entire policing architecture in the country.
“Where he stressed the fact that despite the condemnable atrocities by some members of the dissolved SARS, there are some among them that are good and performed their duties diligently, and as such there should not be blanket condemnation,” .
According to him, that was the reason why Lalong cited the examples of some Northern Governors who testified that the disbanded SARS contributed significantly to the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other good of our violent crimes in their States.