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Assault on Diplomat: FG demands sanctions against Indonesian officials

By Lizzy Okoji

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama says the Nigerian Government has demanded that the Indonesian Government sanctions its officials, who assaulted a Nigerian Diplomat in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Onyeama made this known, while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja after summoning Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Usra Harahap, to express the displeasure of the Nigerian government over the development.

The minister said that the Nigerian government had also recalled its Ambassador to Indonesia, Usman Ogah for consultations, including a review of bilateral relations.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a Nigerian Diplomatic official was seen to be assaulted by some Indonesians immigration officials in a video that went viral on social media.

The video sparked outrage from Nigerians as Onyeama immediately summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria on Monday.

According to Onyeama, the ministry immediately contacted the Nigerian Ambassador in Indonesia, when it noticed the video of the diplomat being restrained by his neck in a moving car on social media.

He said that the Nigerian Ambassador confirmed that the video was indeed of a Nigerian diplomat in Indonesia and gave a verbal account of what transpired.

The minister said the Nigerian Ambassador also confirmed that the illegal action took place during a round-up by Indonesian immigration officials, while searching for irregular and illegal migrants in the country.

“The first thing the ministry did was to request that the ambassador submits to the ministry a full and comprehensive report of what happened.

“And to immediately reach the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia to lodge a formal and a strong complaint against the actions of the immigration officers as their action violated the Vienna Convention.”

While further stresing that the action was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention, Onyeama said it was an act of egregious international delinquency.

“The following day, which was Monday, we summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria and again, complained in the strongest terms regarding what had taken place as totally unacceptable under any circumstances whatsoever.

“He, of course, communicated the report that he had received from his capital as to what had transpired. And later yesterday, in the evening, we received a full and comprehensive report from the Nigerian Ambassador in Indonesia.

“And we have studied the report and reinforced our previous position that there was absolutely no justification whatsoever for this treatment for this kind of behaviour.

“Against not only to a diplomat, a Nigerian diplomat, but even if it had taken place against any Nigerian citizen, was totally unacceptable.

“So, what we have decided to do is to recall for consultations immediately, our Nigerian Ambassador in Jakarta, Indonesia.

“And we will have full consultations at the highest level and decide what next step to take, including a review, of course, of our relations with Indonesia,” Onyeama said.

Onyeama said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was taking all the necessary steps to assure Nigerians that the ministry would rigorously and robustly defend the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians anywhere in the world.

“And we call on you all to be patient and calm as we get fully to the bottom of this for our ambassador to arrive and for consultations to take place and we assure you that an appropriate response will be forthcoming,” Onyeama added. (NAN)

Source: NAN

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