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Newsline: Nigerian activists threaten to occupy UK embassy

A group of activists under the aegis of Advocate of Social Justice for All (ASJA) has threatened to occupy the embassy of the United Kingdom (UK) if the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, is not extradited to Nigeria. In a statement by its Executive Director, Asongo Venatius, ASJA said it was disappointed to learn that Kanu was hiding in the UK, after illegally travelling through Cameroon and Malaysia. According to Venatius, this implies that the UK is harbouring a fugitive from justice, notwithstanding his dual nationalism – Nigeria and the United Kingdom. The statement said: “The proper thing is for the UK to have allowed Kanu answer the treason charges against him in Nigeria before making any intervention.”



Newsline: Protesters shutdown US Embassy in Nigeria

Protesters drawn from various civil society organizations, Thursday, stormed the United States of America’s Embassy in Abuja over the alleged support of the country for the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB. Speaking at the protest ground, Comrade Richard Augustine, National Coordinator of the protesting group, Stand Up For Peace Movement, said it was annoying that a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Abuja publicly came out to counter the Nigerian government for labeling IPOB as a terrorist group.


Newsline: Britain’s foreign secretary opens UK’s new Embassy in Abuja

The United Kingdom in order to further strengthen its relationship with Nigeria on Thursday, August 31, opened its new Embassy in Abuja. British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson who unveiled the new diplomatic complex said it signified the growing relationship between the Commonwealth pair. The new embassy, located at Plot 1157, Diplomatic Drive, Central Business District, houses all of the UK Government departments working in Abuja.


Newsline: Netherlands embassy no longer issues visas to Nigerians

The embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nigeria reminded Nigerians that it is no longer in charge of issuing visas to them. Michel Deleen, the embassy’s charge d’ affaires, told NAN in Lagos that the embassy swapped its visa issuance processes in Nigeria with the French Consulate General in Lagos and the embassy of Belgium in Abuja. “Let me remind Nigerians that under these agreements, any Nigerian that wants to visit the Netherlands for business, study or tourism should always process their visa applications through the French consulate-general in Lagos and the embassy of Belgium in Abuja.”


Newsline: Nigerians protests US police ‘violation’ of embassy

The Nigerian Embassy in Washington has protested to the U.S. Government over the violation of its premises by U.S. police following fracas between two local workers. The Acting Ambassador/Charge d’Affaires, Hakeem Balogun, told the News Agency of Nigeria that a “protest note” had been transmitted to the U.S. Department of State. Mr. Balogun condemned the violation of diplomatic protocol over altercation by two embassy drivers. “We have sent a protest note in respect of the entrance by the police into the embassy. It is against diplomatic protocols. “They are not supposed to enter the embassy. The protest letter is in respect of the entrance of the police into the embassy,” Mr. Balogun said. The Nigerian envoy also said that he “has since taken appropriate and timely, administrative and diplomatic steps to address the incident. “These measures include the immediate and indefinite suspension of the two local staff members involved in the fracas. Mr. Balogun dismissed the publication by a Nigerian newspaper alleging that “the United States police was called in to restore order in the Embassy as a result of ‘a physical fight’. The ambassador also described as baseless, claims that the fracas took place “in the full glare of dozens of guests and visa applicants”.


Newsline: US Police Called to Restore Order as Fight Erupts at Nigerian Embassy in Washington

Chaos broke out at a department inside the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington D.C. United States after two officials of the embassy began fighting. The officials are Mr. Robert Mumford Ditto, a Filipino and one Saka Ologele from Nigeria. Apparently left fuming after an argument, Ditto, angrily threw a chair at Ologele. Some officials of the embassy tried to engage with the men but the situation then escalated into a physical fight, in the full glare of dozens of guests and visa applicants. Ditto called in agents from the Washington Capitol Secret Service Police to deal with the commotion. No fewer than five police officers arrived and made their way into the embassy to restore order and calm panicky guests and visa applicants. It took the timely intervention of acting Ambassador, Mr. Hakeem Balogun, to prevent the secret service agents from arresting the officials. The acting ambassador has suspended the duo indefinitely.


Newsline: Nigerian Embassy workers in US go on strike over unpaid salaries

Workers of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington went on strike in protest of their unpaid salaries. However, acting ambassador, Hakeem Balogun, who admitted the ongoing agitation however dismissed reports that the embassy has been shut down. Balogun told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in the U.S. that the report that the embassy was shut down was false. “The embassy works as normal; as we’re talking now, I’m still at the office working. So it is not correct for anybody to say that the embassy is shut down; there was nothing like that. “But there was a sit-in by some local staff who said they would not work over some arrears but it wasn’t as if the embassy was shut down. “Even some of those who were supposed to embark on sit-in were still working and did not join their colleagues. “They have been paid up till March 2017 but there were some arrears of October to December 2016 that were yet to be paid. The Nigerian envoy explained that the Federal Government was making efforts to clear the arrears and ensure that salaries and allowances were up-to-date.