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A policeman watches on as party supporters in Rivers State protest an outcome of election in 2015/Photo: Florian Plaucheur/AFP/Getty Images

Agency report

Those responsible for the killing of policemen during the rerun of legislative elections in Rivers State will be prosecuted.

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Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris said this when the Chairman of the  Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, paid him a condolence visit in Abuja on Wednesday.

“I want to assure you and the country that we will not leave any stone unturned to prosecute those behind the dastardly act,” he said.

He said the officers were killed in the line of duty to their fatherland.

The IG further said the situation in Rivers called for the contribution and support of government and party leaders.

“The incidents in Rivers show that we need the support of the people in the areas where elections were held.

“The situation in Rivers has shown that we must say no to election violence in the country,” he said.

Idris noted that four suspects had been arrested in connection with the killings, while investigations were ongoing to get to the root of the matter.

The police boss then revealed that the severed bodies of the killed policemen  has been found.

Idris said the panel to investigate incidents in Rivers elections would be inaugurated on Thursday.

The IG further urged Nigerians to appreciate the efforts of the police and INEC officers in conducting elections in the country.

“We need the support of government and members of the political parties of the states where elections are held, “he said.

Earlier, the INEC Chairman, Yakubu, said there could never be peaceful elections in the country without adequate security.

“INEC cannot conduct free and fair elections without the Nigeria Police Force,”he said.

He said the commission would continue to work with security agencies in the county to conduct peaceful elections.