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US Embassy to reduce public operations in Abuja; cites insecurity

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The United States Embassy in Abuja has announced it will reduce public operations for security reasons. 

According to a statement posted on Facebook Thursday night, the development will take effect from Friday, July 16, 2021 to July 24. 

It added that the Embassy will resume full public operations Monday, July 26. 

Services affected include routine American citizen services, visas, and the Education Advising Center. 

The statement advised Americans who may experience an emergency to contact the duty officer through the Embassy switchboard. 

Next Tuesday and Wednesday are holidays to mark the 2021 Eid-el-Kabir celebration. Security is being heightened in the nation’s capital and many states. 

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja will be reducing public operations effective Friday, July 16 through Friday, July 23 as a security precaution,” the statement reads. 

“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. 

“U.S. Citizens who experience an emergency may contact the duty officer through the Embassy switchboard on +234 (9) 461-4000, then press zero.”

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