- Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state has said that he would not support calls for the scraping of SARS
- The Gombe state governor, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo had supported scraping of SARS
- Fayose, however, called for total reform in operation of the SARS
The Ekiti state Governor, Ayodele Fayose has waded into the ongoing call for the scrapping of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
Premium Times reports that the governor in a tweet on Monday night, December 4, said rather than scrapping the police unit, a reform would be a better alternative.
NAIJ.com gathered that Fayose said that: “I won’t say #EndSARS. Rather I will say #ReformThePolice such that someone will not sit in Abuja and be in charge of resolving robbery issue in Abakaliki.”
The campaign which started Saturday, December 2 with the hashtag #EndSARS has seen many Nigerians raise allegations of extra-judicial killings, dispossession of properties, and other forms of intimidation against SARS officials.
The campaign which became one of the most discussed topics on social media drew the attention of various prominent Nigerians, celebrities and other concerned citizens.
The action propelled a directive by the Inspector-General of Police to call for the reorganisation of the police unit.
According to a statement issued by police spokesperson, Jimoh Moshood, Monday, December 4, SARS operatives will now be controlled by officers between the ranks of a superintendent of police to chief superintendent of police at state level.
The change, according to Moshood is to take immediate effect.
A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, December 3, praised Nigerians for rising in unison to openly criticise the alleged cruelty by the SARS.
Though the police have debunked some of the allegations levelled against them as untrue, the #EndSARS organisers are planning a nationwide protest as part of the citizen-led initiative to end the widespread impunity in the police.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the governor of Gombe state, Alhaji Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo, declared his support for call to scrap the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
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