Why We'll Reduce Our Operations in Nigeria, US Embassy Reveals

Why We'll Reduce Our Operations in Nigeria, US Embassy Reveals

  • The United States embassy in Nigeria on Friday, July 16, announced that it will not be opened for about a week
  • This, according to the embassy, is one of its security measures adopted as attacks by gunmen in Nigeria are increasing
  • The embassy informed US citizens to call its duty officers within the period in cases of emergency

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Abuja - As the level of insecurity rises across Nigeria, the United States (US) has said that it will be reducing its public operations starting from Friday, July 16 till Friday, July 23.

On its Facebook page, the foreign embassy explained that the decision is part of its security precautions.

It added that since there will be holidays in the country on Tuesday, July 20, and Wednesday, July 21, its offices will be closed for both days, Punch reports.

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Officials of US Mision in Nigeria
The embassy released a helpline US citizens can call during an emergency (Photo: US Mission Nigeria)
Source: Facebook

Speaking further, the embassy said services that will be affected include routine American citizen services, visas, and the education advising center, The Cable also reported.

It said:

“July 20 and July 21 are local holidays and the Embassy is scheduled to be closed to the public on those days. The embassy plans to resume full public operations on Monday, July 26. Services affected include routine American citizen services, visas, and the Education Advising Center.
“US Citizens who experience an emergency may contact the duty officer through the Embassy switchboard on +234 (9) 461-4000, then press zero.”

US announces priority appointments for Nigerians applying for student visa

Meanwhile, the US mission in Nigeria had announced that it would prioritise visa applications by Nigerian students who hope to resume academic studies in America by September 2021.

The US mission made this known in a statement on Friday, April 30, signed by Temitayo Famutimi of the public affairs section of the US Consulate General.

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Legit.ng gathered that the mission said it would prioritise visa interview appointments for Nigerian students well in advance of their programme start date.

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Susan Tuller, the US mission country consular coordinator reportedly promised that efforts would be made to assist student visa applicants in a timely fashion while keeping personnel and customers safe.

Source: Legit.ng

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