Canadian Embassy Abuja in Nigeria temporarily suspends operations until further notice because of the fire, post-explosion.
Unfortunately, two people have died and two have been hospitalized after the explosion of a tanker inside the generator building, as per the latest news report.
A Nigerian Federal Fire Service official says that “a tanker that was inside the generator building exploded, killing two men who worked for the generator company.”
Canadian Embassy, Opposite Ship House , Federal Ministry of Defence , Abuja is on fire pic.twitter.com/XT9OQmojT8
— Dadá Ärmänï (@Spiritual_01) November 6, 2023
The official added that “two people outside the building were injured by the explosion,” as noted. They are in the hospital having treatment.”
An eyewitness shared a video of the fire showing enormous black smoke plumes from behind the building.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly confirmed that the fire has been contained and that they are working on finding the cause of the explosion.
Minister Melanie Jily sent her condolences to the families of two people killed in the incident via tweet.
“An investigation will be carried out, but at this point everything points to an accident rather than a deliberate act,” it stated.
We can confirm there was an explosion at our High Commission in Nigeria. The fire is out and we are working to shed light on what caused this situation.
I send my heartfelt condolences to the families of the 2 people killed in this tragedy.
— Mélanie Joly (@melaniejoly) November 6, 2023
Canada Updates Travel Advisory for Nigeria
Canada has updated the travel advisory for Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria, today, November 6, 2023, to avoid non-essential travel.
The updated travel advisory says “there is an unpredictable security situation throughout the country and a significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks, and kidnappings.”
The official government of Canada travel advisory is asking Canadians in the area to know that the Canadian Embassy has temporarily suspended it’s operations in the area.
However, 24/7 emergency consular assistance is available for Canadian citizens at the below-listed contacts in the affected area:
From outside Canada
Call the nearest embassy or consulate.
+1 613 996 8885 (call collect where available)
From inside Canada (non-passport-related)
1-800-387-3124 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada only)
Emergency passport services within Canada (weekends and statutory holidays)
1-800-567-6868 (toll-free from Canada only)
+1-613-686-3658 (carrier charges may apply)
+1-613-909-8881 (carrier charges may apply)
Canada Emergency Abroad
TTY (for persons with a hearing loss)
1-800-394-3472 (toll-free from the U.S. and Canada only)
The High Commission of Canada to #Nigeria, in #Abuja, has temporarily suspended operations until further notice. For consular assistance, contact our 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre: https://t.co/SyRNbkaS64 https://t.co/zsQZAt9ies pic.twitter.com/AUa1kqXzo6
— Travel.gc.ca (@TravelGoC) November 6, 2023
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