Abuja - Most businesses around the country are closed as Nigerians vote on Saturday to elect their next president.
A survey by CAJ News in the capital city, Abuja, established that markets, complexes and corner shops had shut as owners and potential customers alike partook in the polls.
Other entrepreneurs said the decision to close shop was for security reasons.
A local shop owner in farmers market located in Maitama, Mallam Abdullahi Sabo, said the security personnel prevented them from opening their shops.
The situation is not different in Kano and Lagos.
A fruit and vegetable seller in Lagos, Kayode Dupe, said she was not going outdoors on Saturday.
“It is better I staying at home due to the security situation,” Dupe said.
In Kano and Kaduna, local reports said the all the markets were closed.
At Abuja’s central business district, streets are uncharacteristically quiet with little movement.
Military personnel are patrolling the streets while the police are providing security at polling stations in the vicinity.
There are no vehicles in sight in compliance with vehicular curfews.
Vehicular movement restriction started at about 7am (local time) and will be in effect until the evening.
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