The Federal Government has protested to the Indonesian government over the assault on a Nigerian diplomatic agent in Jakarta, the country’s capital.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.
A video surfaced on social media Monday showing a Nigerian diplomatic agent, identified simply as Ibrahim, reportedly accosted by the Indonesian police when he went to a supermarket.
The man was seen shouting “I can’t breathe” as he was being held down in a vehicle by several men.
According to the statement by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Federal Government has written a protest letter to the Indonesian government.
Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, had also summoned Usra Harahap, the Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria, the statement added.
The ministry stated that the incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing diplomatic and consular relations between states.
The statement read: “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 7 August 2021.
“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 Nigerian Government has sent an official protest to the Government of Indonesia.
“The Ambassador of Nigeria to Indonesia has confirmed that the immigration officials involved had since come to the Nigerian Embassy to apologize to the Ambassador and the diplomat concerned.”