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Newsline: Ghana police declare 3 Nigerians wanted over kidnapping of diplomat

The Ghana Police Service has declared three Nigerians wanted over the alleged kidnap of the Consular – General and Head of Mission of Estonia to the West African country. Popular Accra-based radio station Starr FM reported that police rescued the 61-year-old foreign envoy after he was reportedly kidnapped in the early hours of Thursday, April 18 while on his regular morning walk in the nation’s capital city Accra. (https://www.legit.ng/1234656-ghana-police-declare-3-nigerians-wanted-alleged-kidnapping-diplomat.html) According to the report, the diplomat was rescued on Friday, April 19 by a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team following a tip off.

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Newsline: U.S. Embassy shuts operations in Lagos, Abuja

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria is to close operations in its Abuja and Lagos offices on Tuesday and Wednesday in observance of the Eid-el-Kabir. The embassy announced the closure in its twitter handle @USEmbassyAbuja accessed by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja. The embassy urged its citizens to exercise caution during the period. It also advised Americans in Nigeria to be aware of their surroundings during the holiday, noting that security measures in Nigeria remain heightened due to threats posed by extremist groups. “The Embassy in Abuja and the Consulate General in Lagos will be closed on Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 in observance of Eid-el-Kabir. We will reopen on Thursday, Aug. 23. “Exercise caution and be aware of your surroundings during the holiday,” the embassy said.

https://www.pulse.ng/news/local/eid-el-kabir-u-s-embassy-shuts-operations-in-lagos-abuja-id8748784.html

Newsline: U.S. Embassy may resume Abuja consular services

The U.S. Embassy has said the suspended consular services in Abuja may resume after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays. The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared August 21 and 22 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir. The embassy had announced temporary suspension of its regular services for visas and American Citizen Services in Abuja. “We regret the inconvenience this has caused to our applicants in Abuja and hope to resume operations after the Eid-el-Kabir holidays. “Please monitor the Facebook and Webpage of the U.S. Embassy for the next status update of consular operations in Abuja.” It, however, noted that other offices within the Embassy remained open. The embassy stressed that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate in Lagos were not affected with the development.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/280502-u-s-embassy-may-resume-abuja-consular-services-after-eid-el-kabir-holidays.html

Newsline: US Embassy Closes Abuja Consular Section ‘Until Further Notice’

The U.S Embassy has announced a temporary closure of its Abuja Consulate section until further notice. This means all consular appointments at the Abuja US Embassy for visa and American Citizen Service are temporarily on hold. This was contained in a publication on the website of US Embassy in Nigeria. “Scheduled visa and ACS applicants for Abuja will be contacted for rescheduling,” read the statement. It encouraged applicants to monitor the Website of the Embassy for a later announcement of resumed consular operations in Abuja.

http://saharareporters.com/2018/08/14/breaking-us-embassy-closes-abuja-consular-section-%E2%80%98until-further-notice%E2%80%99

Newsline: Dozens of defrauded Nigerians descend on their embassy in Moscow

More than 70 Nigerian citizens gathered at their country’s embassy in Moscow on Friday to complain that they were deceived into attending the World Cup on the promise that they could work while in Russia. The leader of a volunteer group told the magazine RBC that the first Nigerian tourists started reporting scammers as early as two weeks ago. They were reportedly sold “fan IDs” for $300 and round-trip tickets, and told they could earn money while in Moscow. When they arrived in the Russian capital, however, they learned that their documents don’t allow them to work, and the scammers quickly canceled their return tickets. On Thursday, a false rumor started spreading among the Nigerians in Moscow that Turkish Airlines had arranged a flight to take them home, but they were turned away at Sheremetyevo Airport, and police vans delivered them to the Nigerian embassy. More than 70 stranded tourists gathered at the embassy on Friday, and another several hundred are spread across the country.

https://meduza.io/en/news/2018/07/13/dozens-of-defrauded-nigerians-descend-on-their-embassy-in-moscow-desperate-to-return-home

Newsline: Nigerian diplomat killed in Sudanese capital Khartoum

A Nigerian diplomat was found dead in his home in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Thursday, two security sources said. They said police were investigating the incident but provided no details on how he died. Officials from the Nigerian Embassy in Khartoum were not immediately available to comment. Dubai-based al-Arabiya television identified the diplomat as the consul general and described his death as an “assassination”. Reports on social media suggested the killers used a knife in the attack.

https://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFKBN1IB1PD-OZATP

Newsline: Controversies Trail Sack Of Workers In Nigerian Embassy In Washington

Controversies are trailing the recent disengagement of workers by the Nigerian Embassy in Washington. The local staff accused the mission of retaining non-Nigerian employees at the expense of those who are of Nigerian Nationality. In the same vein, workers affected in the retrenchment are also alleging that the decision to lay them off was arbitrary, as the Embassy had no plans to pay their gratuity and other severance benefits. But speaking with journalists, senior officials of the Embassy said that the disengagement of workers followed due process as it was approved by Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abuja. The officials also pointed that the allegation that there was no prior notice to the disengaged workers was not true, saying they actually agreed to the arrangement since February 2017.

http://saharareporters.com/2018/04/04/controversies-trail-sack-workers-nigerian-embassy-washington