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Some #EndSWATNow Protesters Are Hired To Embark On The Exercise – Simon Lalong

Simon Lalong

Simon Lalong

Chairman Northern Governors Forum and Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong has come out to say that most of the governors from the region are not happy with the recent disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.

He recently revealed that SARS has been very useful in the battle against insecurity in the region.

According to him, some of the protesters in some states are actually hired from outside to embark on the exercise, and SARS only has to be reformed to discharge its functions in a better manner.

He added that even if SARS has already been scrapped, all the officers that made up the unit should not be rendered jobless because some of them work diligently.

His words, “We had a meeting yesterday (Wednesday), the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF). I’m sure my chairman addressed the press.

“When we see issues like this …the complaints vary from one state to the other. In one aspect, some people said they don’t want SARS, some said they want SARS but a reformed SARS.

“They want a reformed SARS because as far as they are concern, some of these SARS operatives help them in addressing insecurity.

“If there are bad ones under, holistically, bring them together and reform them. Then, you work for them. So, our opinion and conclusion at that stage was that let us not just say that we are throwing away the baby with bathwater.

“If there are good ones, you don’t chase them away. So, as SARS is banned, we are now looking forward to…because most of the States in the north said no.

“They want SARS because SARS helps them. Borno (state governor) said without SARS, he would not have been surviving today. Niger also wants SARS.

“So, if you are addressing this issue of SARS, you need to know what is wrong in some places. Is it the process of recruitment? Is it the character of the people?

“You can’t say because somebody is wrong, everybody is wrong in the country. These are some of the issues we concluded yesterday.”

“And it’s for the Chairman to go and meet Mr President to still look at this issue holistically and critically so that we understand where we are going. On a whole, we all agreed that there must be general reform within the police. But you can’t do general reform without proper funding.

“You must address the issue of proper funding so that they don’t say government is responsible for lack of funding and we attack them for non-performance of their duties. I’m sure our Chairman will meet Mr President.

“We all went back that everybody should go back and address the issue in his State. Because in some of the States, you find that people moving people to do protest are people from other States.

“But in real sense, some of the things are not even happening in our State or they are very minimal. If there are complaints that people are coming outside, let’s not begin to generalize it or we will miss the point. Let address it and find out if in those environment, things are happening like this, we must go back. It’s just like we are addressing Coronavirus. When we say Coronavirus is everywhere. At the end of the day, we said no. In some places, Coronavirus is not there. We generalize.”

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