In its first meeting after the Presidential election, the Nigerian Police Force says it has arrested about 322 suspected electoral offenders across Nigeria.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, disclosed this at a meeting with officers in the ranks of Commissioners of Police and above on Monday in Abuja.
He said that two police officers died while some others were assaulted and injured while discharging their duties during the polls.
Mr Adamu said the Special Election Investigation Team had been directed to investigate all the cases, liaising with INEC to ensure prosecution.
He said the perpetrators of violence would be fished out and brought to justice no matter their status.
The police boss reassured Nigerians and the international community of the commitment of the force to work closely with INEC and other sister security agencies towards a peaceful election.
He said the personnel of the force should remain civil, firm, professional and apolitical in the discharge of their duties.
Mr Adamu warned all political actors against violence and urged them to play the game in line with the Electoral Act.
“Doing otherwise shall attract the full and appropriate response from the police and other security agencies,” he said.
On the possibility of arming personnel at polling units during Saturday’s governorship elections, he insisted that no police personnel would be allowed to carry arms at polling units.
He explained that it was against the electoral act and international law for officers to use arms at polling units.
Mr Adamu said the police would continue to pay officers their allowances ahead of their deployment for election duty.