FG Orders 24-Hour Closure Of All Land Borders Ahead Presidential Election

The federal government has ordered the closure of all land borders ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections.

The first set of elections have been fixed for February 25. They are presidential, smSenate and House of Representatives.

In a statement on Thursday by spokesperson of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Tony Akuneme, the NIS Comptroller General, Isah Jere, said the border closure will last for 24 hours on election day.

The closure will be effective 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 development comes hours after the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, ordered the restriction of vehicular movement across the country on election day.

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

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