08 Nov Nigeria: Canada investigates Abuja embassy fire, issues travel warning
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Canada investigates Abuja embassy fire and issues travel warning.
Canada investigates fire incident at Abuja embassy and issues travel warning.
Canada announced on Monday that it would investigate an explosion that caused a fire incident at the High Commission in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
It also issued a travel advisory against non-essential travel to Nigeria, in addition to the United States and United Kingdom.
Vanguard reports that the Canadian High Commission witnessed a fire that killed two people and injured two others.
Immediately after the incident, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly issued a short statement regarding X, paying tribute to the victims of the explosion.
“We can confirm that there was an explosion at the High Commission in Nigeria. The fire has now been extinguished and efforts are currently underway to determine the cause of the situation. “My heart goes out to the families of the two people who lost their lives in this tragedy,” Jolie said.
The Canadian High Commission in Nigeria also said on social media that it is “suspending operations until further notice.”
The decision was attributed to the “unpredictable security situation throughout the country and serious threats such as terrorism, crime, inter-communal conflict, armed attacks and kidnappings.”