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Polls: FG orders closure of land borders in Adamawa, Benue, Sokoto

By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections in some states of the federation, the federal government has ordered the closure of land borders in Adamawa, Benue, and Sokoto states.

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Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service, Muhammad Babandede, disclosed this in a statement late Thursday in Abuja.

He said the closure of the borders is with effect from Friday noon to Sunday noon, adding that the aim is to restrict movement across the borders of the affected states during the election.

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“The public is to take note and ensure compliance,” he said.

INEC had earlier in Thursday said, “supplementary elections will be conducted in 18 states of the federation on 23rd March 2019.

“The Commission has conducted governorship elections in 29 states and returns have been made in 22 states. While the election was suspended in Rivers, it was declared inconclusive in 6 states namely Bauchi, Adamawa (North East); Benue and Plateau (North Central) and Sokoto and Kano (North West).

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“Following the inconclusive governorship elections in the 6 states, the Commission fixed supplementary elections for the 23rd of March 2019”.

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