- All Nigerian borders will be shut by 12 noon on Friday, February 22, as ordered by the federal government
- The order was released by Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS)
- In line with the directive, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) and the Nigerian Army (NA) will deploy their work forces for patrol across the country
The federal government has ordered the closure of all Nigerian borders ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections which will take place on Saturday, February 23.
The order is to be implemented by 12 noon on Friday, February 22. The Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) revealed this on Friday, Vanguard reports.
Muhammad Babandede, the comptroller-general of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in his statement tagged Federal Government of Nigeria Closes Border, 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.”
In line with this, the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) will deploy all its 350,000 agents to ensure security during the polls.
The units that have been deployed across the 36 states for this purpose include police mobile force, the counter terrorism unit, the police air wing, the bomb disposal unit, the Police K9 dog unit, marine police, police intelligence department and detectives of the force criminal Investigation department.
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Moreover, the Nigerian Army (NA) has resolved to utilise all the General Officers Commanding (GOCs), brigade commanders and special task forces throughout Nigeria for patrol.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that ahead of the presidential and National Assembly elections that were later postponed, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), Nigeria's minister of interior, directed that all the country's land borders be closed with effect from Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17.
The development was made public in a statement issued by the comptroller-general, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Muhammad Babandede, in Abuja on Thursday, February 14.
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