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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.”

https://www.thecable.ng/netherlands-embassy-no-longer-issue-visas-nigerians

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”.

http://naija247news.com/2017/05/26/nigerians-protests-u-s-police-violation-of-embassy/

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.

https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2017/05/24/us-police-called-to-restore-order-as-fight-erupts-at-nigerian-embassy-in-washington/

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.

http://thenewsguru.com/nigerian-embassy-workers-us-go-strike-unpaid-salaries/

Newsline: British and US embassies targeted in Nigeria’s terror plot

Terror group Boko Haram had aimed to attack the UK ans US embassies in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja. Nigerian security forces revealed the prevented the ISIS-linked militants from carrying out deadly assaults on the foreign offices. The Department of State Services said five suspects have now been arrested over the plot. DSS official Tony Opuiyo said the alleged Boko Haram members were based in Benue State and the Federal Capital Territory between March 25 and 26. He said in a statement: “The group had perfected plans to attack the UK and American Embassies and other western interests in Abuja.”

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/604973/british-us-embassy-abuja-nigeria-terror-attack-boko-haram-prevented-lagos

Newsline: Nigeria summons Indian ambassador over attack on students

Nigeria on Thursday summoned Indian High Commissioner over the recent attack on Nigerian students in Greater Noida. Permanent Secretary of Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Olushola Enikanolaiye met Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria Nagabushana Reddy and asked the Indian government to ensure action against those who assaulted four Nigerian nationals on Monday in Greater Noida. According to a report in Nigerian media, Nigeria has asked the Indian Government to ensure the immediate arrest and prosecution of those responsible for the attack. Five people have been arrested so far in connection with attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida following the death of 17-year-old student Manish Khari who died of a suspected drug overdose. Residents claim that Khari procured drugs from the Africans residing in Greater Noida. They have also demanded that the Nigerian students be charged with Khari’s murder.

http://www.india.com/news/india/nigeria-summons-indian-ambassador-over-attack-on-students-asks-india-to-ensure-action-against-culprits-1975955/

Newsline: Nigerians Storm South Africa Embassy, Demand Suspension Of Ambassador

Nigerians, under the aegis of Advocates for Collective Transformation and Youth Empowerment Initiative, took the protest against attacks on Nigerians in South Africa to the country’s Embassy on Molade Okoya Thomas Street, Victoria Island, Lagos State. The protesters, who were mostly youths, occupied the frontage of the embassy, singing solidarity songs. Expressing their displeasure at the destruction and looting of business ventures owned by Nigerians in South Africa, they called on the Federal Government to shut down the South African high commission offices in the country. They also demanded that the government suspended the South African ambassador to Nigeria and other officials until the safety of Nigerians in South Africa could be guaranteed. Some persons, believed to be officials of the embassy, observed the protest from the barred gate of the embassy and took some photos.

https://www.nigeriatoday.ng/2017/03/xenophobia-nigerians-storm-south-africa-embassy-demand-suspension-of-ambassador/