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Anger as Nigerian diplomat manhandled in Indonesia



The Nigerian diplomat's head being pushed down in a vehicle in Indonesia

Abdulrahman Ibrahim repeatedly shouted “I can not breathe” as his head was pressured in opposition to a automobile seat

The Nigerian authorities is demanding punishment for Indonesian immigration officers who had been filmed assaulting a Nigerian diplomat.

Footage circulating on social media confirmed Abdulrahman Ibrahim, a consular officer primarily based in Jakarta, being held down in a car by a number of males.

Nigeria referred to as it “an egregious act of worldwide delinquency by the Indonesian state”.

It vowed to overview bilateral relations with the south-east Asian nation.

The video confirmed one of many officers placing his hand on the diplomat’s head and pushing it again in opposition to a seat.

Between yells of protest, Mr Ibrahim repeated: “I can not breathe.”

Later within the one-minute-and-30-second clip Mr Ibrahim was heard saying: “My neck, my neck.”

Mr Ibrahim had been detained on a road within the Indonesian capital, Jakarta.

The incident has brought about anger in Nigeria, with many saying it reveals the disdain that different international locations maintain for Nigerians. Some are calling for a full rationalization from the Indonesian authorities.

Nigeria’s overseas ministry had beforehand despatched a letter of protest to the Indonesian authorities saying the mistreatment Mr Ibrahim endured was “in opposition to worldwide regulation and the Vienna Conventions governing diplomatic and consular relations between states”.

Indonesia’s envoy to Nigeria was additionally summoned on Monday over the incident and apologised on behalf of his authorities, the overseas ministry stated.

Immigration officers had additionally apologised to Nigeria’s ambassador to Indonesia, it added.

In the meantime Nigeria’s ambassador in Jakarta has been referred to as residence to offer a full report back to the federal government, and the overseas ministry says consultations will proceed.

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