Canada is currently investigating an explosion that occurred at its embassy in Nigeria, which tragically resulted in the death of two individuals. The incident was confirmed by Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, who 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.” Joly expressed her heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims.
Nigerian President’s Statement
Nigerian President Bola Tinubu’s spokesperson acknowledged the incident, confirming that there were casualties and injuries resulting from a fire at the High Commission of Canada. However, specific figures were not provided. A statement released said, “President Tinubu prays for the repose of the departed souls and wishes all injured persons a rapid and full recovery.”
Travel Advisory and Ongoing Concerns
In the aftermath of the explosion, Canada’s High Commission in Nigeria announced the temporary suspension of operations until further notice. A travel advisory was issued, warning against non-essential travel to Nigeria due to the unpredictable security situation in the country and the significant risk of terrorism, crime, inter-communal clashes, armed attacks, and kidnappings. This advisory follows similar warnings issued by the US and Britain, citing an “elevated threat to major hotels in Nigeria’s larger cities.” These warnings are routinely dismissed by the Abuja government as lacking merit.