Diplomatic Row Brews Over The Manhandling Of Nigerian Diplomat In Indonesia

By Bukar Bolori 

The Nigerian Government on Tuesday summoned its Ambassador to Indonesia, Muhammed Buba Ahmed for debriefing over the circumstances surrounding the manhandling and arrest of the one of the nation’s diplomat in Jakarta.

A Nigerian diplomat few days ago was manhandled by Indonesian Immigration Service in Jakarta.

Though the Immigration officers involved in the disrespectful treatment were said to have later apologized for their action and the Indonesian Ambassador during summon by the Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had also apologized, the Federal Government on Tuesday summon the nation’s ambassador for questioning on what might have gone wrong.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama who disclosed the invitation of the ambassador at a news conference in Abuja, said the action of the Indonesian officials contravened International Law as well as the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between States. 

He explained that the ambassador’s summon was a routine process throw more light on the immediate and remote course for the brutal attack on the Nigerian official. 

He also disclosed that the Nigerian Government has equally sent an official protest to the Government of Indonesia on the August 7 incident despite an apology from the host government.

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