Akwa Ibom to shut borders on saturday.

Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr Udom Gabriel Emmanuel has ordered the shutting down of all the state borders from 7am to 2pm on Saturday, October 31, 2020, because of the state’s local councils elections slated for that day.

Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem who made this known in a statement, added that the state’s curfew earlier imposed as a result of violence in the state capital is still in place.

“In compliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) will conduct elections on 31st October 2020 as earlier announced.

In order to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of elections into the 31 Local Government Councils of Akwa Ibom State, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel, has directed as follows: That all Inter-state border leading into Akwa Ibom State, be closed from 7am to 2pm on Saturday, 31st October 2020.

All human and vehicular movements be restricted from 7am to 2pm on Saturday 31st October 2020. The subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8pm to 7am is still in force till further notice.

Eligible voters are therefore enjoined to stay within the premises of their polling units during the period of the elections. All citizens and residents are advised to continue to be law-abiding in the maintenance of peace in Akwa Ibom State.

All voters, while queuing to exercise their franchise, should comply with the Akwa Ibom State Government/Nigeria Centre for Disease Control/World Health Organisation approved COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

All Security Agencies have been briefed to strictly enforce this restriction of movement directive.”

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