The United Kingdom on Friday said its visa application centres in Lagos would be closed on March 20 over fear of possible of post-election violence in the city.

The governorship and state assembly elections are scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 18.

In a statement on Friday, the UK said the affected centres were Ikeja and Victoria Island, adding that customers would not be able to collect their passports on the said day.

The statement read, “The Visa Application Centres 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.

“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. The UKVI will continue to make decisions on all visa applications.

“The UK said Priority Visa services remain available while super priority visa services will be suspended on Friday “because the next working day opening isn’t until Tuesday, March 21.

“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.”

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