Bello Matawalle, governor of Zamfara state, says he is against scrapping of the special anti-robbery squad (SARS).
There is a nationwide protest against police brutality, harassment and killing of innocent Nigerians by SARS officers.
The protesters asked the federal government government to disband the anti-robbery unit.
Several public figures including Zahara Buhari, Kiki Osinbajo, and some celebrities have lent their voice to the #EndSARS campaign.
But Matawalle, in a statement by Zailani Bapoa, his spokesperson, said the SARS unit of the police is vital for attaining peace and tranquility in the country.
The governor said the operation of SARS officers in Zamfara has helped to reduce criminal activities in the state.
“This vital unit of the Nigeria Police is fundamental to the pursuit of peace and tranquility in our communities. Here in Zamfara State, we cannot afford to do without their immense contribution to the success of our peace initiatives against banditry and other criminality, ” Matawalle said.
“Our state has been over the years, bedevilled with incessant criminality especially banditry. The immense contribution of this unit of the Nigeria Police who work tirelessly to counter the criminals is on record for everyone to see.
“Doubtlessly, those who are vehemently against the operation of SARS in the country have more questions to answer from Nigerians.
He called on the federal government and Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police, not to succumb to pressure to scrap the unit.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday said he has directed the IGP to address the concerns of Nigerians about police brutality.
“I met again with the Inspector General of Police tonight. Our determination to reform the police should never be in doubt. I am being briefed regularly on the reform efforts ongoing to end police brutality and unethical conduct, and ensure that the Police are fully accountable to the people,” Buhari said.
“The IG already has my firm instructions to conclusively address the concerns of Nigerians regarding these excesses, and ensure erring personnel are brought to justice.”