Federal government on Thursday reopened all the country’s sea borders barely 24 hours after it announced its closure down ahead of tomorrow’s Presidential election.
Minister of Interior, Abba Moro said the adjustment was made in accordance with wise counsel that closure of the sea borders would have adverse effect on the nation’s economy.
While the land borders remain closed, Moro assured that officers and men of the Nigeria Immigration Service have been directed to effectively monitor movements in and out of the country’s sea borders before, during and after the election.
The government, on Wednesday directed that all Nigeria’s land and sea borders be closed from 12.00 mid night Wednesday, March 25, 2015 to 12.00 mid night of Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Mr David Parradang, the Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), had on Wednesday warned non-Nigerians resident in the country not to involve themselves in the forthcoming elections.
He gave the warning in a statement signed by Mr Chukwuemeka Obua, the Public Relations Officer of the service, and made available to newsmen in Abuja.
The statement said Parradang gave the warning during a meeting with some embassy officials and leaders of ECOWAS communities resident in Nigeria.
It said that non-Nigerians, particularly those from neighbouring countries such as Republics of Cameroon and Chad, caught interfering in the electoral process would be made to face the law.
According to the statement, the warning became necessary to ensure that the existing robust relationship among member states in the sub-region is not undermined by unnecessary meddlesomeness in the internal electoral affairs of member states.
The statement also quoted Paradang as saying “ Effective from midnight of March 26 to midnight of March 28, 2015, all land and sea borders across the country would be closed to allow for a hitch-free election’’.
The statement enjoined the community leaders to advise their nationals who were in possession of Nigeria’s Permanent Voter Cards, National Identity Cards or Passport to surrender same immediately as anyone caught with any of them would be brought before the law.
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