The Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN), has condemned in the strongest terms the illegal arrest and the ‘dehumanizing strangulation’ of an accredited Nigerian diplomatic agent, Mr. Mohammed Buba, by the officials of the Indonesian Immigration Service as widely displayed on social media.
The Association which made this known in a statement by its President, Amb. Gani Lawal, recommended the immediate disengagement of all the Indonesian immigration officers who involved in such ‘uncivilized’ manner to desecrate the age long tradition of inviolability of diplomatic agent and their family and property as provided by Article 29 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (1961).
Quoting Article 29 which states that; “Diplomats must not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. They are immune from civil or criminal prosecution”, the AFRPN commended the immediate step taken by Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in summoning the Indonesian ambassador before receiving the full report from its embassy, as a first step in the series of reactions reserved for such heinous diplomatic blunder.
“Equally commendable is the subsequent step taken by MFA after receiving the missions report by inviting home the Nigerian ambassador for consultation while expecting the Indonesian ambassador to tow the diplomatic avenue by equally returning to Jakarta until satisfactory explanation and necessary restitutive steps are taken by Indonesian authorities to assuage frayed nerves.
“While the Ministry is still reviewing the state of our bilateral relations with Indonesia, a robust reaction is being awaited by the Association to serve as deterrent to future occurrence of such treatment to any of our diplomats and embassy home-based staff and indeed any Nigerian citizen from anywhere across the globe”, the professionals stated.
Furthermore, the AFRPN strongly recommended that the family of the concerned diplomat must be adequately compensated materially and healthwise for the traumatic treatment meted to them, while public apology satisfactory to the Nigerian people and government must be entered, and an assurance against repeat occurrence must be given.
The AFRPN also noted the position of the house committee on diplomatic relations to move to invoke Article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations to declare everyone at the Indonesian Embassy in Abuja a persona non grata if their nation’s authorities failed to effectively explain their actions against the Nigerian diplomatic agent.
“The AFRPN will like to reaffirm its support for Nigeria’s commitment to the Vienna Convention and peaceful relations with all countries, she should not tolerate the maltreatment and targeting of Nigerians by foreign governments or abuse of Nigerian consular officers and citizens under any circumstances”, the statement ended.