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Nigerian Embassy in Canada suspends operation over ‘attack’ on staff

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The Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa, Canada has shut down after a female staff member was held hostage and subjected to physical abuse.

According to a statement on its website, the commission said it has also suspended its various activities indefinitely due to the attack which happened on August 14. It added that the attack was carried out by a group who showed up at the high commission and refused to allow embassy staff members to attend to those who had appointments.

“This kind of conduct is considered unnecessarily hostile and totally unacceptable and no embassy would tolerate conduct that puts the lives of its staff members at risk,” it said.

“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.”

It also said the closure of the air space has impaired the transportation of passport booklets into the country.

”For individuals trying to renew work and study permits, the commission asked them to apply for renewals online. At the appropriate time, applicants would be asked to submit appropriate documentation,” the commission said.

“If you do not have a valid passport when this happens you may ask for a 90 day grace period which would be granted.

“Nigerian citizens whose study or work permits have expired since March 2020 and who do not have a valid passport have a grace period that lasts until December 31st 2020. By this time we expect to have resolved some of the challenging issues that COVID-19 has created.”

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