Ahead of Saturday election, FG closes border

The Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), has directed the closure of all Nigerian land borders with effect from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17 for the Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections.

A press statement issued by the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, in Abuja on Thursday said that there would be restriction of movements across the Nigerian borders during the election on the days announced.

“The public is to take note and ensure compliance,’’ he said.

Nigeria’s Presidential election holds this Saturday, February 16, alongside National Assembly elections across the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The governorship election will follow on March 2.

President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and former vice-president Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are the front runners in the race for Nigeria’s highest office.

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