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Abuja US Embassy suspends operations for ‘reasons beyond control’

 THE Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Abuja says it has suspended regular services for visa and American Citizen Services due to reasons beyond its control.

“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,” the Embassy stated in a statement issued on Wednesday.

Mohammed Sani, a spokesperson of the Embassy, when contacted said he would not be able to offer any further explanation on the suspension beyond what was contained in the statement.

“We issued a statement and whatever you heard in the media that is what we have to say for now. We sent out a statement, that statement suffices,” Sani told The ICIR.

The statement explained that other offices within the Embassy remain open, noting that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. 

It urged applicants to contact the Consular Office in Lagos for immediate emergency travel and asked members of the public to monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the U.S. Embassy for updates on consular operations. 

The statement further stated that scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling while 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. 

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