Nigeria: All land borders closed during elections

By Correspondent Chinyere Ogbonna – Nigerians are going to the polls today, to elect the president who will run the affairs of the country for the next four years.

According to a publication by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, twenty-one candidates on the platform of their political parties are contesting.

Meanwhile, ahead of tomorrow’s presidential election in Nigeria, the Federal Government has ordered the closure of all land borders.

In press statement issued in Abuja, all land borders are to be closed from six o’clock in evening today till six o’clock on Monday morning the eighteenth of April.

The statement says there will also be restriction on vehicular movement from eight in the morning till five in the evening.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho said that the closure was to ensure peaceful and hitch-free presidential polls tomorrow. He added that vehicular movement had been restricted nationwide from eight o’clock in the morning to six in the evening.

As part of preparations for the election movement of people has been restricted from eight O’clock this morning to end six in the evening.

However, those on special duties as well as INEC Officials are exempted from the restrictions.

Accreditation of voters will start at eight O’clock this morning to end at noon, while actual voting will commence thirty minutes later.