Assault on diplomat: Fed Govt recalls ambassador to Indonesia
POLITICS DIGEST – The Federal Government has recalled Nigeria’s Ambassador to Indonesia Usman Ogah over the assault of a Nigerian diplomat by immigration officials in the Asian country.
A video of some Indonesian officials torturing a Nigerian diplomat identified as Ibrahim on Saturday went viral at the weekend.
Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, who announced the recall, also said the Federal Government was reviewing its diplomatic relations with Indonesia.
The announcement came a day after Onyema summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr. Usra Hendra Harahap, to express the displeasure over the development.
The Indonesian envoy reportedly tendered an apology over the incident and assured that his home government would take up the matter.
Onyeama told reporters in Abuja that the Ogah was due in the country any moment.
According to him, when the ministry saw the assault video, it immediately contacted the ambassador in Indonesia, who gave a verbal account of what transpired.
He further said the ministry immediately requested that the ambassador to present 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.
Onyeama said: “The following day, yesterday (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, which we have studied and reinforces 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, in 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.”
The government also asked the Indonesian government take severe and appropriate sanction against the immigration officials that were involved in the act of “brazen criminality”.
The ministry assured that all the necessary steps will be taken to rigorously and robustly defend Nigeria and Nigerians interest anywhere in the world.