US embassy halts Abuja consular services

*US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington

The mission of the United States Embassy has suspended consular services and appointments in Abuja till further notice.

The embassy said appointments for visa and for American citizen services were also suspended temporarily.

Though no reason was given for the decision, the mission said in a statement that consular operations in Lagos were, however, not affected.

“Until further notice, all consular appointments at the U.S. 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.”

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

It said American citizens in the north 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 [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.

“Please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the US Embassy for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in Abuja,” said the mission in a statement.


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