Condemnation, anger has trailed a trending video showing some Indonesian Immigration officials assaulting a Nigerian diplomat in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
As a result, the Federal Government has recalled Nigeria’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Usman Ogar for consultation.
The diplomat while being manhandled by Indonesian immigration officers as they pinned his head to the seat of a car, was heard shouting “I can’t breathe.” “My neck.”
Geoffrey Onyeama, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced Ogar’s recall for consultations at a press briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday. He also stated that the government would review the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the country.
Onyema said: “The following day, yesterday 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 Nigerian government also requested that the Indonesian government take severe and appropriate sanction against the immigration officials that were involved in the act of brazen criminality.”