Nigerian Embassy in Canada suspends activities
Nigerian Embassy in Canada suspends activities despite continuous requests from Nigerians in the country to renew their passports.
This was announced in a statement on its website, following an assault on its staff. The Nigerian High Commission Ottawa,Canada revealed that in a bid to in a bid to assist individuals who had compelling passport renewal requests they devised a system to attend to only individuals with emergency cases strictly by appointment on designated days,in order to abide by the laid down rules on social distancing.
But on the contrary this had been flouted severally by individuals showing up without announcement and insisting on being attended to, sometimes in a hostile and unruly behavior.
The statement partly read:
MATTERS CAME TO A HEAD ON FRIDAY AUGUST 14, 2020 WHEN A GROUP SHOWED UP AT THE HIGH COMMISSION AND REFUSED TO ALLOW THE EMBASSY STAFF MEMBERS TO ATTEND TO THOSE WHO HAD APPOINTMENTS. THEY INSISTED THAT WE HAD TO ATTEND TO EVERYBODY WHO SHOWED UP. THEY WENT AS FAR AS HOLDING A FEMALE STAFF MEMBER WHO WENT TO ADDRESS THEM HOSTAGE FOR OVER TWENTY MINUTES AND SUBJECTED HER TO PHYSICAL ABUSE
WE ARE CLOSING DOWN THE EMBASSY AND WE SHALL BE CONSIDERING WAYS TO MAKE OUR PREMISES MORE SECURE AND LESS SUSCEPTIBLE TO UNRULY BEHAVIOUR AND VIOLENT MOB ACTION.
Also attention was drawn to the fact that with the closure of the airspace, ability to bring in much needed passport booklets would be impaired
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