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Nigeria tightens security before presidential polls

Supporters waving flags walk past a campaign sign to mobilize support for the re-election of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during a rally in Akure, Nigeria, on March 24, 2015Nigeria ramped up security nationwide on Wednesday before general elections this weekend, shutting land as well as sea borders and vowing to crack down hard on political unrest. Security is at the fore ahead of the presidential and parliamentary vote, with military operations against Boko Haram forcing the postponement of the poll’s initial February 14 date. Since then, Nigeria’s military and its coalition partners Niger, Chad and Cameroon have claimed a series of successes, forcing the Islamist militants out of captured territory in the northeast. Fears of a bombing campaign against voters and polling stations remain though, after a spate of suicide attacks against “soft” targets such as markets and bus stations in the north.

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