The Embassy of United States in Nigeria has announced the shutting down of its visa and consular services section in Abuja until further notice.
Though no reason was given for the action, the embassy said in message posted on its website that scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.
According to the message; “Until further notice, all consular appointments at the US Embassy in Abuja have temporarily ceased for both visa and for American Citizen Services. Consular functions in U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.
“Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling.”
It further stated that; “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.”
The Embassy also said American citizens in northern Nigeria with urgent travel needs, who are travelling before Tuesday and who are willing to re-schedule their travel through Lagos should contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos ( 01460 3400 and LagosACS@state.gov) to discuss their options.
“Those travelling after Tuesday should follow up with Abuja ACS to confirm their appointments closer to their appointment date”, the message said.
The Embassy urged all those having genuine transactions with it to “Please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the US Embassy for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in Abuja.” – NAN