The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Catriona Laing, disclosed that the mission was exploring flight options to evacuate British nationals wishing to leave Nigeria.
She said the decision was informed by “the rapidly changing situation in the region and recent airport closures” over the coronavirus pandemic.
Laing explained in a statement that the missions in Abuja and Lagos will remain open to carry out essential work, including providing 24 hours consular assistance and support to the British nationals in Nigeria.
The statement: “Given the rapidly changing situation in the region, the recent airport closures and recognising that it has become more difficult to get out in case of need, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of UK (United Kingdom) staff and dependents from our High Commission.”
“Our missions in both Abuja and Lagos will remain open, continuing to carry out essential work, including providing 24/7 consular assistance and support to the British nationals in Nigeria.”
“We are exploring a range of options for sending staff and dependents home as there are no commercial options available.”