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Thursday, 26 March 2015

Nigeria2015: Nigeria closes land, sea, air borders.

The Federal Government on Wednesday directed that all land and sea borders with neighbouring countries be closed from midnight of Thursday (today) to the midnight of Saturday to allow for a hitch-free poll.

The Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, David Parradang, who announced this in a statement in Abuja, said immigration personnel had been deployed in land borders to ensure that no illegal migrants entered the country during the election.

The statement by the NIS Public Relations Officer, Emeka Obua, quoted the CG as saying this during a meeting with some embassy officials and leaders of the Economic Community of West African States from Niger Republic, Senegal, Chad, Cameroun Republic, Guinea and Mali.

Parradang cautioned foreigners resident in Nigeria against coming to vote during the elections, adding that any non-Nigerian caught voting would be prosecuted for violating the electoral laws and be jailed.

The statement read, 'The CG announced that effective from midnight March 26 to midnight March 28, 2015, all land and sea borders across the country would be closed to allow for a hitch-free election slated for March 28, 2015.