LAGOS: Police in Nigeria on Thursday threw a security cordon around southwestern Ekiti state, restricting movement and deploying riot squads to curb election-linked violence.
A vote takes place on Saturday to elect a new governor, with incumbent John Kayode Fayemi, of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), looking for re-election.
The state has a history of election violence and last week, a party supporter was killed after an APC political rally in the state while dozens of others were injured.
Nigeria’s police chief Mohammed Abubakar has placed “an order banning movements in and out of Ekiti State with effect from 6:00 pm (1700 GMT) today (Thursday),” the force said in a statement. All entry and exit points in four neighbouring states will also have an increased police presence, it added.
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