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- Land borders in Adamawa, Benue and Sokoto states are to be closed due to supplementary elections holding on Saturday, March 23

- The minister of interior, retired Lt.-Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau, says the closure of the borders is with effect from Friday noon, March 22, to Sunday noon, March 24

- Dambazau notes that the aim is to restrict movements across the borders of the affected states during the election

The federal government has ordered the closure of land borders in Adamawa, Benue and Sokoto states ahead of Saturday, March 23 supplementary poll in some states.

The minister of interior, retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau made the disclosure in a statement signed by Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Muhammad Babandede, in Abuja on Thursday, March 21.

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According to him, the closure of the borders is with effect from Friday noon, March 22, to Sunday noon, March 24, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

He said the aim is to restrict movements across the borders of the affected states during the election.

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

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed March 23 for supplementary elections in Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Plateau and Sokoto state because governorship election in those states was declared inconclusive.

Meanwhile, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has vowed to proceed with its plan to conduct the supplementary elections in Bauchi on Saturday, March 23, despite an earlier court order barring it from doing so.

Premium Times reports that the electoral commission made the disclosure on Thursday, March 21, at a press briefing by its spokesperson, Festus Okoye, in Abuja.

Commenting on the commission's readiness for the Saturday's election, Okoye disclosed that the decision to proceed with the Bauchi rerun election was informed by the fact that the judgement only applied to Tafawa Balewa local government area in Bauchi state.

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