The United States Embassy has announced the temporary suspension of its consular services in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
The embassy disclosed this on Tuesday. Although no reason was given, they noted that as a result, the embassy will temporarily be unable to provide regular services for visa and American Citizen Services in Abuja.
They, however, noted that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue.
“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.
“Please note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos are not affected and will continue. Until further notice, applicants are encouraged to contact the Consular Office in Lagos for immediate emergency travel,” the statement read in part.
It disclosed further that scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja would be contacted for rescheduling.
The U.S. embassy advised American citizens in Nigeria’s northern region with emergency services should contact the after-hours emergency number for Abuja on “09461-4000 and press ‘0’ to go to the operator to request assistance”.
It also asked American citizens in the northern part of the country with urgent travel needs, who were travelling before Tuesday and were willing to reschedule their travel through Lagos to contact the ACS office at Consulate Lagos via ‘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 scheduled date,” it added.
The embassy urged those willing to travel to the U.S. to monitor its Facebook handle and webpage for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in the nation’s capital, Abuja.