The Nigerian embassy in Washington has protested the entrance of the US police into its premises, saying it violates diplomatic protocols. It happened the police entered into the embassy premises following report of a fight between two embassy staffers.
Hakeem Balogun, the acting ambassador/charge d’affaires, denied came on the invite of the embassy, just he said a “protest note” had been transmitted to the US department of state.
“The embassy has as well transmitted a protest note to the US Department of State.
“We have sent a protest note in respect of the entrance by the police into the embassy. It is against diplomatic protocols.
“They are not supposed to enter the embassy. The protest letter is in respect of the entrance of the police into the embassy,” Balogun said.
The Nigerian envoy also said that he “has since taken appropriate and timely, administrative and diplomatic steps to address the incident”.
“These measures include the immediate and indefinite suspension of the two local staff members involved in the fracas.
“There is the establishment of a Committee to investigate and recommend appropriate disciplinary actions against the two locally-recruited staff members involved in the fracas.”
Balogun said a newspaper report of the fight was inaccurate and that the fight between the affected staffers didn’t
“in the full glare of dozens of guests and visa applicants” as it was claimed.
“To buttress its report, the Newspaper attached a photograph claiming to be the ‘chaotic situation’ that erupted as a result of the fight”.
“The physical encounter was, therefore, not in the full glare of the public as to have caused a chaotic situation.
“A cursory look and careful analysis of the picture attached by the Newspaper will reveal to anyone conversant with the Embassy’s premises that the picture used has no physical connection to the Embassy.
“This was clearly an effort at deception.
He equally clarified the issue of staff employment in the embassy.
“The Newspaper went further to question the composition of the nationalities of the Embassy’s locally recruited staff,” he noted.
“This is an international best practice. Be that as it may, it is important to inform that out of the Mission’s current local staff strength of 44, there are 37 Nigerians.
“Seven are non-Nigerians from India, The Philippines, Singapore and Sri Lanka.”