Ahead of the Presidential poll slated for Saturday, 23rd of February, 2019, the Federal Government has said it will close all borders in the country by 12:00 noon today.
The Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, Muhammad Babandede, made this known in statement; ‘Federal Government of Nigeria Closes Border.’
According to him: “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.
“The Federal Government has approved free visa waivers for accredited election observers and monitors, many of whose entry visas expired as a result of last weekend’s postponement of the earlier scheduled election.
“Sequel to the rescheduling of the 2019 general elections to February 23 and March 9, 2019 and considering the plight of accredited election observers and monitors who were caught up by the rescheduled elections, the Minister of Interior, Lt. General Abdulraman Dambazau (retd) has approved a visa waiver.
“All affected individuals and organisations wishing to extend their stay or travel back to their countries and return for the next election, are advised to visit Nigeria Immigration visa desk at the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headquarters. The desk officers will attend to those requiring extension of their visa issued gratis (No fee charge).”