Nigeria has recalled its ambassador to Indonesia over a scuffle involving a Nigerian diplomat and immigration officials in Indonesia, the Nigerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama told a press conference held Tuesday in Abuja, capital of Nigeria, that the Nigerian government took the step to have full consultations at the highest level on the issues that led to the scuffle in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital, Saturday.
“A large number of you may have seen it trending… The video, on social media, where he was being restrained by his neck in a moving car. So, what we have decided to do is to recall for consultations, immediately, our Nigerian ambassador in Indonesia,” Onyeama said at the press conference.
The Nigerian government had also requested the Indonesian government to take severe and appropriate sanctions against the immigration officials that were involved in the act, he said.
The Nigerian foreign ministry condemned the incident in an earlier statement Monday, describing it as “unacceptable and unfortunate.”
“The Nigerian government has complained strongly to the government of Indonesia, and the ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs,” the statement said.
The foreign ministry also acknowledged that the Nigerian ambassador to Indonesia had confirmed that the immigration officials involved had since gone to the Nigerian Embassy in Jakarta to tender apologies. It added that the Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria also apologized “unreservedly” on behalf of the government after explaining what he understood happened.