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There seems to be sharp difference among the 36 governors over the disbandment of SARS.

Nigerian youths have taking to the major streets in the country protesting police brutality and calling for disbandment of SARS.

The protests have spread across the country and have persisted for days.

However, the protest seems to have divided the governors along North and South.

On Thursday, the 19 northern governors rejected the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) by the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).

Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor and chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, told State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari that the police unit has been useful in the fight against insecurity in the region.

“SARS is not made up of bad elements alone as it also includes personnel who are doing their work diligently,” he said.

Recall, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, announced the disbandment of SARS on Sunday following nationwide protests against alleged human rights violations by the unit.

But the protests continued as the #EndSARS campaigners demanded the prosecution of all officers named in cases of rights abuses.

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