The Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, has disclosed that the Nigeria Police Force recorded and responded to 185 major incidents during the conduct of the presidential and National Assembly elections held on February 25. Additionally, 203 electoral offenders were arrested, and 18 firearms were recovered from political thugs nationwide. These revelations come ahead of the March 11 governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.
He added that the investigations into the cases are currently in varying levels at the Nigeria Police Electoral Offences Desks and that they will be finished and sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission's legal division for prosecution when the time is right. Deputy Inspectors-General of Police and members of the strategic police management were present when the police chief revealed this on Monday.
At the Force Headquarters in Abuja, the Force Management Team, Assistant Inspectors-General of Police, Police Commissioners, and chiefs of the tactical investigation and operational units of the Force were present.
In this regard, Baba stated that of the roughly 185 major incidents that the police responded to across the nation during the elections, a total of 203 offenders linked to various electoral offenses and other crimes have thus far been apprehended, while not less than 18 firearms of various descriptions were recovered from political thugs during the exercise.
"All of the cases are undergoing various levels of investigation at the Nigeria Police Electoral Offences Desks, and I guarantee you that they will be finished and forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission's legal department for prosecution in due time."
The purpose of the meeting, according to the police chief, was to debrief officers assigned to manage election security, evaluate their performance during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, pinpoint any gaps, and finalize the action plan for the upcoming March 11 elections.
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