The Governors of states in northern Nigeria have opposed the complete dissolution of the anti-robbery task force popularly known as SARS.

The chairman of the Northern Governors Forum and Plateau State governor Simon Lalong announced this to reporters following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Thursday.

Lalong said the police unit that has been scrapped by the IGP was useful for fighting insecurity in the area.

According to him, SARS does not only consist of bad elements, but also includes employees who are diligent in doing their job.

He said that the unit needed reforms in order to carry out its functions optimally.

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However, Lalong admitted that there are disagreements in the country involving people who are concerned with the continuation of SARS.

Nigerians have been protesting the for more than a week demanding that the Special Anti-Robbery Squad is scrap. In a live telecast on Sunday, the IGP announced the disbandment of the group but protesters remained on the streets.

They said this is the fourth time they were being told that the unit which has been responsible for alleged murders, kidnappings and torture was disbanded but nothing changed. The protesters, majority of whom are young people have also rejected a replacement of the unit with SWAT. 

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