THE Federal Government has ordered all land borders to be shut with effect from 12.00noon today to 12.00noon Sunday just as the Police ordered the restriction of vehicular movement on the election day.
Lt.-Gen. Abdrahman Dambazau (rtd.), the Minister of Interior who gave the border closure order, said there would be restriction of movements across the borders during the election days.
Comptroller-General Muhammad Babandede of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), in a statement, said the land borders will be closed for 48 hours.
“Further to the presidential election taking place on the February, 16, 2019, the Honourable Minister of Interior has directed the closure of all Nigerian land borders with effect from 12.00noon of Friday, February 15 to 12.00noon of Sunday, February 17, 2019.
“This is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days. The public is to take note and ensure compliance,” the statement said.
Likewise, the Acting Inspector-General (IG), Muhammed Adamu ordered that vehicular movement be restricted from 6am to 6pm.
ACP Frank Mba, Force spokesman, in a statement, explained that the ban on movement would assist the security agencies to do their jobs properly and also prevent hoodlums from disrupting the electoral process.
“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 6am to 6pm 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,” the statement said.
The police boss, while stating that adequate security arrangements have been made, urged members of the public to come out en-masse on the day of the election to exercise their franchise without fear. \lsdlocked