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Elections: FG orders closure of Borders

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..Waives Visa Fee for Election Observers

Ahead of Saturday polls, the Federal Government has directed the closure of all Nigeria Land Borders which will take effect from 12.00 noon of Friday 22nd February to 12.00 noon of Sunday 24th February, 2019.

The Minister of Interior Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau who gave the order said the closure is to restrict movements across the borders during the election days. He urged the public to take note and ensure compliance.

The Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede in a statement on Thursday Babandede also informed that the interior Minister has approved a visa fee waiver for election observers.

He explained that the waiver is in consideration of the plight of accredited election observers and monitors who were caught-up by the re-scheduled election.

He stated, “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 INEC Headquarters.

“The desk Officers will attend to those requiring extension of their visa issued Gratis (No Fee Charge). This provision became necessary to afford those affected the opportunity to travel out or return without violating the Immigration provisions that relates to entry and exit with valid visa and document.

“All the affected Election Observers and Monitors are to take advantage and note.”

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