The Oasis Reporters
August 14, 2018
In a move that left many baffled, the United States Embassy Tuesday said it has shut its visa and consular services section at its embassy in Abuja indefinitely.
“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, as was seen in a post on the Embassy’s website.
It did not give a reason for the decision.
“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.
“American citizens in northern Nigeria with urgent travel needs who are travelling before Tuesday and who are willing to reschedule 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 embassy said.
The UN office was once bombed in Abuja a few years ago and scores were killed in a terrorist attack blamed by Islamist Insurgents in northern Nigeria, an event foretold by the CIA before it happened.
Nigeria’s Department of State Security only recently acted alone or were suspected to have been directed to invade the country’s Parliament in a bid to violently overthrow the leadership of the national Assembly, a move widely condemned by the international community who also watched the event, live on television with some alarmed senators calling on the international community to sanction those government officials who organized the brigandage.
In such a muddled atmosphere, it is very unlikely that the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA would agree to share information with Nigeria’s security agencies due to their level of Impunity and disobedience of legal orders.
Many in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital city believe that for the US embassy to shut down it’s services in Abuja leaving the Lagos Consular office open, it must have some credible information that portend to security breach in northern Nigeria.