The United States Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria remains open
with minimal staffing while the consulate office in Lagos
remains closed as of June 17, according to a State Department
spokesman responding to a question taken at the department
briefing that same day.
News services reported on June 16 quotes from spokespersons
with the embassy and the U.S. European Command saying that
credible terrorist threats had been received, and that the
embassy as well as the consulate in Lagos had been closed.
Following is the text of the State Department's response
to the briefing question:
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Daily Press Briefing - Taken Question
June 17, 2005
MR. ERELI: On the basis of credible and
specific threat information, the U.S. consulate in Lagos,
Nigeria closed yesterday -- Thursday, June 16th -- to the
public and it will be closed all day today. Our Embassy
in Abuja is open. We are getting good cooperation from the
Government of Nigeria and local police. We will be evaluating
the security situation and deciding next steps on the basis
of what we see, but I'm afraid I can't get into any detail
with you about what the nature of the threat was, where
it came from, what it was directed towards. I would simply
say that it was specific and credible enough that we believed
it was necessary and prudent to close the Consulate.
Question: Was our embassy at Abuja ever
closed in response to the threats that caused the closing
of our consulate at Lagos? What is the status of the embassy?
MR. ERELI: The Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria
has remained open with minimal staffing.
The Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria closed yesterday afternoon
and today, Friday, June 17, 2005.