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Published On: Thu, Aug 16th, 2018

US Embassy in Abuja suspends consular services

The US Embassy in the Nigerian capital Abuja has announced the temporary closure of its Consular Section.

In a notice posted on August 14, the embassy said all consular appointments in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and American Citizen Services (ACS).

“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,”

Further, the embassy said American citizens in Northern Nigeria with urgent travel plans set for before Tuesday (August 21) may re-schedule their travel through Lagos, if they are willing.

“(They) should contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos on 01460 3400 and (via email) at [email protected]) to discuss their options. Those travelling after Tuesday should follow up with Abuja ACS to confirm their appointments closer to their appointment date,” the statement said.

US citizens in Nigeria have been advised monitor the Facebook page and website of the U.S. Embassy for the announcement, later, of a resumption in consular operations in Abuja. No reasons were given for the suspension of consular services in Abuja.

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- I am a Zimbabwean journalist with 18 years experience working in print broadcast and online media. From Gaborone in Botswana, I cover the African continent for South African-media organisations Defence Web and Oxpeckers Investigative Environmental Journalism. I am also a correspondent for African Aerospace (UK), the Botswana Gazette and The Zimbabwe Standard.

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