A section of the Canadian High Commission in Abuja was engulfed in flames on Monday, causing a stir and raising concerns. The incident occurred at the high commission’s location on 13010G, Palm Close, Diplomatic Drive, in the heart of Abuja’s Central Business District, around 11:45 a.m.
As of the time of this report, the exact cause of the fire remains uncertain. Eyewitnesses at the scene speculated that the fire might have originated from an explosion at the embassy’s power-generating plant. The billowing dark smoke from the high commission’s white building raised the alarm and prompted the swift evacuation of staff and vehicles from the premises.
The Canadian High Commission in Abuja offers various services, including visa and immigration assistance for individuals intending to visit or move to Canada. Additionally, it provides services to Canadians residing or travelling in Nigeria, as well as in Equatorial Guinea, Sao Tome and Principe. These services encompass various aspects such as adoption and surrogacy, birth registration abroad, citizenship services, marriage abroad, passport services, notarial services, studying abroad, and visa and immigration assistance.
In response to inquiries regarding the incident, Mr. Ibrahim Tauheed, the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Fire Service, indicated that he required more time to provide information about the possible cause of the fire. The situation is under investigation, and further details are expected to emerge as the investigation progresses.