Election: Nigeria shuts seaports, land borders for 48 hours

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Nigeria’s central government has shut the country land and sea borders ahead of the country’s presidential and National Assembly election holding tomorrow.

The country’s Interior Minister, Abdulrahman Dambazau, who said this in a statement signed on his behalf by the Comptroller General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, directed that all borders be effectively closed from 12noon today, Friday February 15 to 12noon Sunday February 17, 2019.

The Nigerian government said the border closure is aimed at restricting movements across the borders on election day, urging the public to take note and ensure compliance.

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In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6am to 6pm on Saturday due to the elections.

A statement by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, released in Abuja on Thursday said the restriction would assist security agencies to effectively police the electoral process and prevent criminally minded elements from disrupting the electoral process. 

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