Nigerian Embassy in Canada Shut down
NEWSMAN – The Nigerian High Commission in Ottawa, Canada has announced an indefinite suspension of its activities saying people show up at the chancery uninvited, adding that the special intervention arrangements for emergency cases have also been suspended.
In a statement posted on its website, the commission said it had devised a system in which citizens with emergency cases were attended to strictly by appointment that allowed a limited number of people into the chancery at a time , in compliance with the laid-down rules of physical distancing.
But it said some citizens chose to abuse the system by showing up without an appointment, also, some citizens were accused of assaulting one of the embassy’s female staff on Friday.
“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. 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”. It added that 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, saying By then, they expect to have resolved some of the challenging issues that COVID-19 has created