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FG Announces Closure of Land and Sea Borders Ahead of Presidential Elections

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The federal government has announced the closure of all land and sea borders ahead of the presidential elections taking place on Saturday, March 28th.

The announcement was made via a statement released by the Interior Ministry, Premium Times reports.

According to the statement, “all borders will effectively be closed from midnight March 25, to midnight Saturday, March 28 to allow for the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming national elections.”

The statement signed by permanent secretary, Abubakar Magaji, also revealed that the Nigeria Immigration Service has been given a directive to ensure that non-Nigerians do not vote.

Photo Credit: Council on Foreign Relations/Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

9 Comments

  1. oy

    March 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    this election will sha come and go… can’t wait biko.

  2. @edDREAMZ

    March 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    Thats is hw is suppose to be….. May the best man win….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  3. brownsugar

    March 25, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    march 38th??? #checkingcalendar

  4. money

    March 25, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    well….no likely end would bring Nigeria loss…and leave Nigeria happier than before.

  5. Mz Socially Awkward...

    March 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Ehnnnnn?????? They’re doing gini?????? My mother is meant to be flying out of Naija on Friday night, what do they expect passengers like her to do about this unexpected change to their travel plans????

    What kind of democratic elections are these that won’t let ordinary Nigerians have peace? First they changed a well publicized date at the last minute and ruined the carefully laid plans people had jejely made for 28th March. Now dem wan close borders?? The hundreds of thousands of non-Nigerians (many of who are illegal entrants, by the way) already in the country, nko? How does the government propose to monitor their voting activities???

    I’m just…. I can’t cope with how these buffoons think, I really CAN’T.

    • Tee girl

      March 25, 2015 at 5:56 pm

      Land and sea borders only. International flights will fly as scheduled.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      March 25, 2015 at 6:14 pm

      But, airport na one of the borders wey dey on land, na. Not so? I mean, I’ve never heard of “air borders”… or am I getting incensed over nothing?

  6. Thatshychic

    March 25, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    Mz SA, breathe… International flights aren’t affected.

    Oh, how I look forward to the end of this election matter!

  7. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN USA

    March 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    This is outrageous on the part of the federal government of Nigeria. Putting your own people and your country on lock down because of a lousy election is not a smart way to run any Country period. Is the Nigerian government going to pay the bills of ordinary Nigerians? or financially compensate them for their losses for the days in question? without the common man going to work, market women going to the market, private business men and women going to their offices the government will only succeed in making the common man’s financial situation worst than it was before this election. ThIs outdated ways of conducting election will end up affecting the Nigerian economy in general. In most civilized countries, governments will never restrict people’s movement on Election Day period. Instead they fashioned out a system which allows people to go wherever they want to go on Election Days, the system also allowed people to vote before, durring and after work. ThIs is a trifecta win, win, win situation for the people, the government and their economies in general. Why can’t Nigeria try to emulate the way these civilized countries practice their own democracies without making life difficult for their people. The more you know, A word is enough for the wise, I’ m just saying.

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