Assault on Diplomat: Nigerian govt demands sanctions against Indonesian officials, recalls envoy

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

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

Recall that a Nigerian Diplomatic official was seen being assaulted by some Indonesians immigration officials in a video that went viral on social media.

Onyeama said 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.

“The first thing the ministry did was to request that the ambassador submit 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,” he said.

“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 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.

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