March 18: UK shuts Lagos visa application centres
The UK High Commission in Nigeria has announced the closure of its office in Ikeja and Victoria Island both in Lagos as residents prepare to vote in the March 18 governorship and national assembly elections.
The UK in a statement on Friday explained Priority Visa services remain available during the closure.
“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,” the statement said.
“There are no VAC appointments booked on this date and customers will not be able to access the VAC to collect documents/passports.
“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.”
“Priority Visa (PV) services remain available. Super Priority Visa (SPV) services will be suspended on Friday 17th March 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 added.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the All Progressives Congress is seeking re-election in Lagos and he faces stiff competition from Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of Labour Party (LP), and Abdul-Azeez Adediran of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).