Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Delta State counterpart, Ifeanyi Okowa, have described the dissolution of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as a testament to the people’s power.
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said peaceful protests are a legitimate way for citizens to make their grievances known.
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar said the disbanding of SARS is in order.
Obaseki and Okowa spoke yesterday in statements by their media aides.
Obaseki said: “I appreciate the Nigeria Police Force for listening to the yearnings and concerns of the Nigerian people by disbanding its SARS unit, in response to the #ENDSARS protests.
“We are pleading with the youths to reciprocate the responsiveness of the police’s leadership by de-escalating the confrontations.
As for the peaceful protesters arrested in different locations across Edo State, I have opened discussions with the state’s police command to effect their release.”
Edo governor also stated that the resolution of the face-off between the youths and the police was a step in the right direction.
Okowa said: “The Nigerian youth can take pride in the fact that they have won a major victory for the right to free movement and association without let or hindrance.”
Okowa and Obaseki commended Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu for the disbandment of the squad.
”While commending the Police for not suppressing these protests, the disbandment of SARS is a visible demonstration of how government agencies should respond to the grievances of our people and their agitations for justice and good governance in a democracy.
“Finally, let me say that the IGP should not stop at disbanding SARS. That is but one step in the multiple steps required in carrying out a comprehensive reform of the Nigeria Police Force.
“Such a reform should cover matters relating to recruitment, training and welfare of the rank and file,” Okowa said.