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FG orders closure of borders ahead of Saturday’s polls



The Federal Government has ordered the closure of borders ahead of the Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 23.

This is according to a statement by the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede entitled ‘Federal Government of Nigeria Closes Border’

In his statement, Babandede said: “Further to the Presidential election taking place on February 23, 2019 (tomorrow), the Minister of Interior has directed the closure of all Nigeria land borders with effect from 12 noon on Friday, February 22, 2019 (today).

This is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days.”

The NIS boss also revealed that the Federal Government has approved free visa waivers for accredited election observers and monitors, many of whose entry visas expired as a result of last weekend’s postponement of the earlier scheduled election.

“Sequel to the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections to February 23 and March 9, 2019 and considering the plight of accredited election observers and monitors who were caught up by the rescheduled elections, the Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulraman Dambazau (retd) has approved a visa waiver.

“All affected individuals and organizations wishing to extend their stay or travel back to their countries and return for the next election are advised to visit Nigeria Immigration visa desk at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters.

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