Following a fire on Monday at its premises, the Canadian High Commission in Abuja has temporarily suspended operations.
The High Commission added that all of the information at hand regarding the fire incident suggested an accident as opposed to an intentional act.
Two people died and two more were injured in the incident, according to a statement released by Global Affairs Canada on Tuesday via the High Commission's official X account (formerly Twitter). The statement also expressed sympathy to the families of the deceased and wished for a quick recovery for the injured.
“An explosion took place in a generator room at the High Commission of Canada to Nigeria in Abuja killing two people, including a locally engaged employee, and injuring two others.
“Global Affairs Canada extends its sympathies to the families of those killed and wishes speedy recovery to those injured.“We can confirm all other staff at the High Commission are safe and unharmed. We are now ensuring that the site is safe and will work with local authorities in determining the cause of the explosion.
“An investigation will be carried out but at this point everything points to an accident rather than a deliberate act.“As a result of the incident, the High Commission of Canada in Abuja is closed till further notice. Canadians in need of consular assistance can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 emergency watch and response center,” it stated.