America Embassy reopens for consular services in Abuja August 24; US says reign of impunity responsible for unabated killings in Nigeria

The U.S. Embassy in Nigeria said on Monday that it will reopen its Abuja’s consular section on August 24 for full services for both visas and American Citizen Services (ACS).
The embassy stated this in a message on its website: https://ng.usembassy.gov on Monday in Abuja.
The embassy had on August 15 temporarily suspended its consular services in Abuja due to reasons it said were beyond its control.
“The U.S. Embassy in Abuja’s consular section will reopen on Aug. 24th for full services for both visas and ACS.
“Please, note that consular functions at the U.S. Consulate Lagos were never affected and will continue as usual.
“We regret the inconvenience this interruption of service in Abuja has caused,” it stated.
The embassy stated that Visa and ACS applicants with scheduled appointments for August 24 should come to the Embassy in Abuja, as usual.
“Visa and ACS applicants with cancelled appointments between Aug. 13 and Aug. 23 will be contacted by the Embassy for rescheduling.
“Visa and ACS applicants, who were requested by an officer to appear again for follow-up questions on existing applications, should contact our office to arrange a new date ([email protected] for visas or [email protected] for ACS,” it said.
It assured Visa applicants, who submitted passports through the Interview Waiver Programme for visa renewal, that such would be processed as soon as possible.
“If your application was already approved, it will be mailed out as normal on the next available DHL shipment to your listed address.
“Abuja ACS applicants, who wish to pick-up their already-printed U.S. passports, may come on Friday between 9:30a.m and 11:00a.m.
“If you are uncertain if your U.S. passport has arrived yet, please contact us first at [email protected],” it added.
Meanwhile, the United States of America has disclosed that violence and killings in some part of Nigeria have continued largely due to the reign of impunity in the country.
The American government also said the killings increased because the perpetrators are never punished even when arrested.
“The Nigerian government should strengthen its laws to deal with killers,” the US advised.
On 2019, the US urged the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the conduct of a free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible process of the 2019 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
“We want partners in ways to ensure that the kind of violence we have seen over the past months don’t flare up in any election”, it stated.
The Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge de Affaires, US Embassy in Nigeria, David Young, expressed these views in an interview with journalists on Sunday night in Jos during his fellowship with church leaders in Plateau State.
Young, who is said to be a key member of the Methodist Church in the US, was responding to questions on the solution to the ceaseless killings and crisis between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in Plateau State, after he delivered a sermon titled, ‘Living as a Christian in a multi-religious and multi-cultural context.’
He also paid tribute to the 83-year-old Imam of Nghar village, Gashish District, Alhaji Abubakar Abdullahi, who reportedly saved 300 persons, including Christians when suspected Fulani herdsmen struck on June 24.
He also reiterated the condolences of the Donald Trump’s administration to the families of those killed by suspected Fulani herdsmen who attacked some communities in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
“On behalf of the United States government and American people, I want to express again our condolences on the tragic loss of lives across Plateau, North-Central and North-West states. Quite a lot of people have died; it has been very terrible tragedies. We want to affirm the sanctity of human lives and anytime a person dies, it is a tragic loss, be that person a Christian, Muslim, Berom, farmer or herder” he said.
“I think it is clear, we know and government knows that as well. A lot of people are doing good things and working hard. But it needs to be even more because it is clear that there is a climate of impunity.
“When people are committing serious crimes, they get away with it, without being brought to justice.
“It is so important that there should be very strong efforts to make sure that people are brought to justice for these terrible crimes.
“It is also important to address the drivers of conflicts, address opportunity, fight poverty and provide jobs and hope for young people because definitely young people are getting into terrible groups.
“They really need to be part of the future and as such need mentoring and parenting”, the envoy added.
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