The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, on behalf of the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau released a statement that The federal government has ordered the shut down of all land borders from noon on Friday to noon on Sunday.
The statement reads in part, “further to the Presidential Election taking place on the 16th February, 2019, the Honourable Minister of Interior has directed the closure of all Nigeria Land Borders with effect from 12.00 noon of Friday 15th February to 12.00 noon of Sunday 17th February, 2019.
It specified that the move is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days, urging the public to take note and ensure compliance.
“This is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days. The public is to take note and ensure compliance,”
Meanwhile, In a similar statement by the police spokesman, said vehicular movement would be restricted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day.
“As part of efforts in furtherance of the overall interest of public order, public well-being and safety and national security as it relates to the general elections billed to take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP Muhammed Adamu, has ordered the restriction of vehicular movement from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, 16th February 2019.
“The IGP notes that the restriction will assist the security agencies in effectively policing the electoral process, thereby preventing hoodlums and criminally-minded elements from hijacking and disrupting the electoral process,” it read.