Fresh reports reaching the desk of Africa Daily News, New York has revealed that the British High Commission offices in Abuja, Lagos and across the rest of the country will be closed on Monday.
The United Kingdom Mission in Nigeria had also made the announcement in a terse statement on its social media accounts and the closure is in observance of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, it noted.
The notice, however, added that Visa Application Centres in Abuja and Lagos will still remain open.
A service of remembrance was held for the Queen on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Advent in the nation’s capital.
The final resting place of the late Commonwealth head will be at St. George’s Chapel within Windsor Castle, next to her husband, Prince Philip.
Born April 21, 1926, in London, the Queen of England passed away on September 8, 2022, at the Balmoral Castle.
In another report, King Charles III has denied the request of the President of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
It was gathered that Mnangagwa had in a condolence letter earlier to the king pleaded that he be allowed to attend the funeral of the Queen despite not being included in the list of world leaders that had been invited to the funeral by Buckingham Palace.
However, the King, in a statement by the deputy to the Senior Correspondence Officer, Miss Jennie Vine, which was sighted by Africa Daily News, New York stated that the Zimbabwean President’s request was denied over reports of violation of human rights in his country.
The statement read in part, ‘His Majesty King Charles III, has asked me to inform you that President Mnangagwa’s request cannot be granted as it would go against the restrictions, including those of travel that the United Kingdom has in place with regards to many of the Zimbabwean governmental leadership and those connected to them. There is also concern at the confirmed reports of non-adherence to respecting human rights occurring in Zimbabwe.