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Britain To Close Visa Application Centers In Lagos Due To Worries About Post-Election Violence

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Britain To Close Visa Application Centers In Lagos Due To Worries About Post-Election Violence

Due to the likelihood of post-election violence breaking out in Lagos, the United Kingdom (UK) has announced that its visa application centers in Lagos will be closed on March 20.

The incumbent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is running for reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor), of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV), of the Labour Party (LP), are the top three candidates for the position of governor.

The affected centers are in Ikeja and Victoria Island, the UK said in a statement on Friday. It added that customers would not be able to pick up their passports on that day.

“The Visa Application Centres (VACs) in Ikeja and Victoria Island will be closed Monday 20th March. This is to protect the safety of customers and staff. There are no VAC appointments booked on this date and customers will not be able to access the VAC to collect documents/passports,” the statement reads.

“Customers have the option to purchase the Keep my Passport and Courier return services in advance of the VAC closure in order to retain their passport during the period of closure. UKVI will continue to make decisions on all visa applications.”

In order to avoid getting caught up in post election violence, the UK said priority visa (PV) services remain available while super priority visa (SPV) services will be suspended on Friday “because the next working day opening isn’t until Tuesday 21st March”.

“Customers should not attend the VAC unless they have been contacted by TLS to do so. The British High Commission offices in Nigeria are not involved in visa decision-making and do not hold passports and so are unable to assist,” the statement reads.

The governorship and assembly elections took place today Saturday, March 18.

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