Nigerian Govt Condemns Assault On Diplomat By Indonesian Officials
Sequel to the attack on a Nigerian Diplomat in Indonesia, the Nigerian government has reacted to the assault through the ministry of foreign affairs.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the assault of a Nigerian diplomat by immigration officials in Indonesia.
The victim, whose name was not mentioned, was manhandled and arrested by immigration officials on Saturday in front of his official quarters in the Asian country.
A viral video of the event shows at least three men in a vehicle assaulting the official, ignoring his screams of pain.
While two of the men held his hands and pinned him down in the backseat, another freely assaulted his unprotected head as he cried out in pain.
“The unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between states,” the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.
“The Nigerian Government has complained strongly to the Government of Indonesia, and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.
“The Ambassador explained what he understood happened and apologised unreservedly on behalf of the Government of Indonesia. The Nigerian Government has sent an official protest to the Government of Indonesia.”
In addition to the Indonesian Ambassador’s apology, the immigration officials responsible for the assault have also apologised to the victim.
“The Ambassador of Nigeria to Indonesia has confirmed that the immigration official involved had since come to the Nigerian Embassy to apologise to the Ambassador and the diplomat concerned,” the Foreign Ministry added
Dear colleagues,From: Our Officer in Jakarta
Just an update on the viral video making the headlines on social media on the incident involving a Diplomat and Immigration Officers in Jakarta, Indonesia. The malhandling of the Officer currently serving in the Embassy took place on Saturday 7th August,2021. Following the request for his passport,the Officer presenting his residence permit to the immigration Officers but they insisted he presents a valid passport and Visa. After insisting on the need to verify his permit in their Office, the officer reluctantly agreed.
However, the scenario escalated as the Officer noticed they took a different route.
The situation is presently under control and the Officer has since returned to his residence.
It is indeed an act that should not be tolerated and the Embassy has taken necessary steps to engage the host on the issue as directed by HQ.
Let’s continue to pray for God,s guidance and direction as we carry out our duty as diplomats. Wishing everyone a successful tour of duty.