Nigeria closes sea, land borders ahead of polls

The Minister for Internal Affairs, Comrade Abba Moro, has directed that all sea and land borders be closed ahead of the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

The directive, which was made available in a statement by the ministry yesterday, stated the borders should be closed from 12 midnight of Wednesday 25 of March till 12 midnight Saturday 28 or March, when the presidential election would have been concluded.

Abubakar Magaji, Permanent Secretary to the interior minister, who signed the release, noted that the closure of the borders is necessary ‘to allow for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections’.

The Nigeria Immigration Service, (NIS) was also directed to ensure that foreigners do not participate in any part of the election process.

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