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Indonesia Begs Nigeria

Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah
Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah

August 12, (THEWILL) – Indonesia has formally apologised  to the Nigerian Government over the assaulting of a Diplomat, Mohammed Buba, in the South-East Asian country.

THEWILL had reported Mohammed Buba, an accredited Nigerian Diplomat, was assaulted by Indonesian immigration officers, prompting Nigeria to threaten to review diplomatic relations with the country.

Speaking with the Associated Press on Thursday, Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Teuku Faizasyah, said the country regrets the incident.

He said the incident, which is an isolated case, is in no way related to the commitment of the Indonesian government to carrying out its obligations as a host country.

Faizasyah added that the Indonesian government also works in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets the incident on August 7thin Jakarta. This is an isolated incident, and is in no way related to the commitment of the Indonesian government in carrying out its obligations as host country or in accordance with the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations”, he said.

Recall that the Nigerian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the Indonesian Government has apologised over an assault on a Nigerian Diplomatic Officer by Immigration officials on Saturday, August 7th.

The viral video of the event shows at least three men in a vehicle assaulting Buba, ignoring his screams of pain.

While two of the men held his hands and pinned him down in the back seat, another freely assaulted his unprotected head as he cried out in pain.

The Ministry had said: “The Nigerian Government has complained strongly to the Government of Indonesia and the Ambassador of Indonesia to Nigeria was summoned by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“The unfortunate incident is against international law and the Vienna Conventions governing Diplomatic and Consular Relations between states.”