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Polls: UK to shut visa application centres in Lagos over safety concerns

In light of the potential escalation of post-election violence in the city, the United Kingdom (UK) announced on Friday that its visa application centers in Lagos would be closed on March 20.

Keep in mind that the elections for governor and assembly are scheduled for Saturday, March 18.

The following are the top three candidates for the governorship: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who is running for re-election on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, Abdul-Azeez Adediran (Jandor), who is running for the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour (GRV), who is running for the Labour Party (LP), are all running for governor.

The United Kingdom announced in a statement on Friday that the affected centers are located on Victoria Island and Ikeja, and that customers will not be able to pick up their passports on the specified day.

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“On Monday, March 20, the Visa Application Centers (VACs) on Victoria Island and Ikeja will be closed. Customers’ and staff members’ safety is the purpose of this. Customers will not be able to access the VAC to collect documents or passports on this date because there are no scheduled appointments.

“Clients have the choice to buy the Keep my Identification and Dispatch return administrations ahead of the VAC conclusion to hold their visa during the time of conclusion. All visa applications will be decided by UKVI in the future.

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The United Kingdom stated that super priority visa (SPV) services will be suspended on Friday “because the next working day opening isn’t until Tuesday 21st March.” However, priority visa (PV) services are still available.

Customers should not show up to the VAC unless TLS has asked them to. The statement reads, “The British High Commission offices in Nigeria are unable to assist because they are not involved in visa decision-making and do not hold passports.”

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