Federal government orders closure of all borders for elections

Ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, the federal government has directed the closure of all land borders


According to a statement  by Tony Akuneme, spokesperson of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Isah Jere, the NIS comptroller-general, said the border closure will be  for 24 hours on election day.


The closure will  last from 12am on Saturday to 12am on Sunday.


“Accordingly, all command comptrollers especially those in the border states are to ensure strict enforcement of this directive,” he added.


The restriction, which exempts persons on essential duties, will run from midnight on Friday till 6pm on Saturday.


Those on essential services are officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), electoral observers, persons responding to medical emergencies, firefighters, among others.

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