Inspector General of Police IG, Usman Baba, has directed police commands and formations to intensify the mop-up of illicit arms and ammunition across the country ahead of the March 18 election.

Baba gave the order in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in Abuja.

The IG said the order was to curb the trafficking of illicit Small Arms and Light Weapons and mitigate security threats to the ongoing electoral process.

He added that it was also for the general safety of Nigerians.

Baba therefore, ordered all commands and formations to sustain the tempo, so as to halt the proliferation of illicit arms and ammunition in the country.

The IG enjoined strategic police managers to deploy the additional operational assets and manpower to ensure proper security during the upcoming elections.