US Embassy Suspends Consular Services in Abuja

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    Alex Enumah in Abuja

    In a curious twist, the United States Embassy wednesday announced the temporary suspension of its consular services in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

    The announcement, which was contained in a statement from the information section of the embassy in Abuja, cited “reasons beyond our control” for the suspension of the services.

    While the statement quickly added that other offices within the embassy in Abuja remains functional, it noted that consular services would, however, continue at its Lagos office.

    According to the statement, “Due to reasons beyond our control, we are temporarily unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja, but other offices within the Embassy remain open.

    “Please note that consular functions at the US Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Until further notice, applicants are encouraged to contact the Consular Office in Lagos for immediate emergency travel.”

    The statement also advised the public to monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the US Embassy for updates on consular operations, adding that scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.

    “American citizens in northern Nigeria with emergency services needs should continue to contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja at 09461-4000 and press “0” to go to the operator to request assistance.

    “We regret the inconvenience this has caused to our applicants and hope to resume operations soon,” the embassy stated.