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FG Condemns Assault Of Nigerian Diplomatic Official In Indonesia

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FG Reacts To Viral Video Of Assault On Nigerian Diplomat In Indonesia

The Federal Government has reacted to the assault of a Nigerian diplomatic agent by immigration officials in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Naija News reports that the Nigerian, whose name was not mentioned, was manhandled and arrested by immigration officials on Saturday, August 7, 2021, in front of his official quarters in the Asian country.

But in a statement on Monday, the Foreign Affairs Ministry described as unacceptable the assault and arrest of the diplomatic agent in front of his house.

The ministry noted that the unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between the two countries.

According to the statement, the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, and has apologised on behalf of the Indonesian government.

It added that the immigration officials involved had since come to the Nigerian Embassy to apologize to the Ambassador and the diplomat concerned,

The statement reads: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in receipt of a report and has seen a video in circulation regarding an unacceptable incident in Jakarta, Indonesia, concerning the manhandling and arrest of a Nigerian Diplomatic Agent in front of his official quarters on August 7, 2021.

“This unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between States.

“The Nigerian Government has complained strongly to the Government of Indonesia and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“The Ambassador explained what he understood happened and apologized unreservedly on behalf of the Government of Indonesia. The Nigeria Government has sent an official protest to the Government of Indonesia.

“The Ambassador of Nigeria has confirmed that the immigration officials involved had since come to the Nigerian Embassy to apologize to the Ambassador and the diplomat concerned.”

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