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Disbanding SARS not the way, send them to fight Boko Haram – Borno Gov Appeals to FG

Valentine Chinyem

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Sequel to the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Borno State Governor, Professor Bababgana Zulum has asked the federal government to send officers attached to unit to the state to join the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

The governor made the plea on Tuesday, when a delegation led by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Argebesola met him at Government House, Maiduguri.

Zulum said he is not in support to brutality by the police but in his state, officers attached to the defunct unit had played a role in the fight against insurgency.

He said, “We are not in support of brutality by any security outfit, but to be sincere, here in Borno State the efforts of SARS operatives in the counter insurgency operations need not to be overemphasized.

“They are doing a wonderful job in containing the security situation in Borno State. They have greatly supplemented the efforts of the Nigerian Military.” Zulum said.

Protests had broken out in various parts of the country, following incessant extortion and brutality by the police. The protests tagged, #EndSARS, have been calling on the government to by disbanding the unit and reform the police.