The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that the manhandling, assault and arrest of a Nigerian diplomat in Jakarta, by Indonesian state agents violates international law, as well as the Vienna Convention governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between States.
Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Esther Sunsuwa in a statement in Abuja also disclosed that the Minister has received a comprehensive report from the Nigerian Ambassador in Indonesia on the manhandling and arrest of the Nigerian diplomat.
The statement further disclosed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to the Ministry to express outrage and protest strongly.
“After studying the report of the Nigerian Ambassador, the Nigerian Government condemns in the strongest terms what is in effect an egregious act of international delinquency by Indonesian State actors against an accredited representative of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with absolutely no justification and against international law.
“The Nigerian Government demands appropriate sanctions against the relevant officials and has recalled its Ambassador in Indonesia for consultations, including a review of bilateral relations.
“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs reaffirms its resolve to protect the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians wherever they are in the world and calls for calm as consultations continue,” the statement explained.
The Foreign Ministry said that the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria while explaining what he understood from the hostile conduct of Indonesian security agents apologized unreservedly on behalf of the Government of Indonesia.
The immigration officials involved in the dastardly act have also gone to the Nigerian Embassy to apologize to the ambassador and the diplomat that was assaulted.
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