2 Police Killed, 323 Suspects Arrested Over Election Violence – IGP
Reports on the violence that was witnessed in some Nigerian states during the presidential and National Assembly elections have been released by the Nigeria Police Force.
In the report released, two police officers paid the supreme sacrifice, while some others were assaulted and injured.
The acting Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammad Adamu, gave the report at a meeting held at the force headquarters, Abuja, Nigeria's capital.
He told the gathering that the meeting was called to address three major issues in the elections, debrief strategic police commanders & undertake a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of the police during the Presidential and National Assembly elections which were held nationwide on February 23, 2019.
Mr Adamu also highlighted that the meeting was designed to highlight police's achievements, "identify performance gaps, draw lessons and redirect our strategies towards sharpening our capacity to achieve our election security mandate in future electoral engagements".
"The second purpose of this meeting is to perfect our plans and allocate operational tasks towards the Governorship and State Assembly elections scheduled for March 09, 2019, while the third objective is to appreciate personnel of the Force across all ranks for their sacrifice, discipline, and exceptional professionalism which was demonstrated during the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
"There is no doubt that the high sense of commitment to national duty neutrality and courage accounted for the generally peaceful conduct of the exercise as well as the credibility of the entire process as attested to by local and international observers," he explained.
The acting IGP said 323 offenders had been arrested for various electoral offences and sundry crimes across Nigeria.
He then extended his heartfelt condolences to the families of officers and men who lost their lives during the exercise and sympathised with those who were injured or assaulted.
"I assure them that the perpetrators of these acts will be fished out and brought to deserved justice no matter their socio-political status.For those arrested for various electoral infractions, I have directed the Special Electoral Offences Team of the Force to undertake detailed and conclusive investigations into all the cases with a view to liaising with the INEC in ensuring their prosecution.
"As we perfect our plans for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, I also want to reassure the nation and the international community of the unwavering commitment of the Police to work closely with INEC and sister security agencies towards guaranteeing a peaceful and secure space for Nigerians to exercise their electoral franchise.
"l must, however, re-emphasise that just as in the recently concluded Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Nigeria Police shall remain civil, firm, optimally professional and apolitical in the discharge of our duties in the 9th March, 2019 elections.
"We shall, nonetheless, deploy all lawful assets and assert our statutory powers to deal decisively, firmly, and promptly with any person or groups that may attempt to disrupt the process.
"Therefore, all political actors who might be preparing to threaten the peaceful conduct of the exercise are hereby firmly warned to play the game of politics by the rules as stipulated in the Electoral Act & to appreciate that national interest overrides their personal ambitions," the IGP said.