The Nigerian government has closed all borders ahead of Saturday's Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

It was ordered by the Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. (retd) Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday.

He says the closure is with effect from Friday, March 8, at noon to Sunday, March 10, at noon.

Also, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mr Muhammad Babandede, announced this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

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This, he said, was to restrict movements across the borders on the election days.

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

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