The Federal Government has recalled the Nigeria’s Ambassador to Indonesia, Usman Ogar, for consultations.
This is in reaction to the embarrassing treatment meted out to a Nigerian diplomat, Ibrahim Baba Mai-Sule, by Indonesian immigration officers in Jakata.
The video which has gone viral shows the diplomat being tortured while he cried saying “I cannot breath.”
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, who announced the ambassador’s recall on Tuesday, also stated that the government would review the bilateral relations between Nigeria and the Asian country.
The minister explained that as soon as the ministry saw the video, it immediately contacted the ambassador in Indonesia, who gave a verbal account of what transpired.
The envoy confirmed that the video was indeed of a Nigerian diplomat in Indonesia, noting that the illegal action took place during a round-up by Indonesian immigration officials searching for irregular migrants in the country.
He said, “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.”
Mr. Onyeama stressed that the action of the immigration officers was a clear breach of the Vienna Convention, adding that it was “an act of egregious international delinquency.”
“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,” he added.