- Activities have been suspended by the Nigerian Embassy in Canada
- This was as a result of people showing up without an appointment and acting in an unruly manner
- According to the embassy, there are not enough passport booklets available
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The Nigerian high commission in Canada on Tuesday, August 18, announced an indefinite suspension of its activities following an attack on one of its staff.
The suspension is also coming amidst requests for several passport renewals from Nigerians in the country.
In a statement provided on its website, the Nigerian high commission also noted that the special intervention arrangements for emergency cases have been suspended as well.
According to the embassy, the decision to suspend activities is due to the fact that people show up at the chancery uninvited and act in an unruly and abusive manner, disturbing the peace.
Following the closure of airspace by many countries, to check the spread of COVID-19, the Nigerian embassy further explained that it does not have enough passport booklets available.
It was also reported that some citizens were accused of assaulting a staff of the embassy on Friday, August 14, when they insisted that everyone including those who showed up without an appointment must be attended to.
“On a number of occasions people seeking passport renewal came to the chancery without an appointment and acted in a most unruly manner, disturbing the peace and acting in an abusive manner, banging windows Etc." the statement read.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a Nigerian man identified as Agboola Peter claimed that the Nigerian embassy in Ottawa, Canada, could not process passport renewal because the machine was faulty.
Agboola, who made the claim on Twitter, said the Nigerian engineer that was supposed to fix it was denied Canadian visa.
He tweeted: "The Nigerian embassy in Ottawa, capital of Canada could not process passport renewal because the machine has spoilt and the Engineer to fix it has to come from Abuja, Nigeria.
"The funniest is that, the person was rejected Canada Visa last week Thursday."
The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), however, replied to Agboola's tweet, saying the issue had been resolved and that the machine would be replaced on Tuesday, March 10.
In other news, Nigeria’s diplomatic missions in Washington, New York, and Atlanta, United States suspended passport interviews and biometric capturing over the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
The suspension took effect from Monday, March 16, and would be until further notice.
In separate statements made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday, March 15, it was disclosed that the decision was part of precautionary measures to protect the “health and wellbeing of all passport applicants” and their staff.
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