Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has said the disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigeria Police Force dampened the spirits of police officers across the country.
The governor was reacting to the nationwide violence and looting by hoodlums in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protests.
Many Nigerians have wondered why rampaging hoodlums are having a field day destroying lives and properties in the country despite the presence of security operatives.
There have been reports of hoodlums overpowering police officers to burn down police stations and other infrastructure they guard.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily programme on Tuesday, Bello explained that the pronouncement by the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, affected the morale of police operatives.
The IGP had scrapped the special police unit in the wake of the #EndSARS protests against the brutality and extrajudicial killings allegedly perpetrated by ex-SARS operatives.
Adamu had also announced a replacement for the police unit known as the Special Weapons and Tactics unit.
“Now SARS has ended, police morale has been dampened, they have gone off the streets, and the hoodlums have taken to the streets. Who do we report to?” the governor asked during the programme.
Earlier, the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in a broadcast last week also said the disbandment of SARS was taken as a weakness of his regime.