Indonesia’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Usra Harahap, on Monday in a meeting with Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama has said the Nigerian diplomat assaulted by the Indonesian immigration officers was to blame for the incident.
In a video going round on social media, a Nigerian diplomat, Ibrahim Abdulrahman was seen being assaulted by three Indonesian men in a vehicle in front of his official residence in Jakarta, the Indonesian capital.
But the Indonesian Ambassador argued that Ibrahim Abdulrahman was the aggressor during his encounter with the Indonesian immigration officers.
According to Harahap, the immigration officers from South Jakarta Immigration office were carrying out surveillance functions on foreigners. When they asked Abdulrahman for identification, he refused to identify himself or tender his passport.
When they met with Mr Abdulrahman and politely requested him to show his travel document, “he answered that his passport was in his room.”
By the time the officers’ car arrives, the Nigerian diplomat requested to sit on the left side near the door and “the officers treated him as an ordinary foreigner without any intimidation and didn’t handcuff him, and didn’t hold anything in his body such as cellphones and other stuff that were in his clothes.”
A spokesperson of the ministry, Esther Sunsuwa, in an interview with newsmen said, “The Federal Government will make its position known after consulting with the recalled Nigerian envoy.