Nigerian diplomat’s assault in Indonesia closed, recalled envoy returns to Jakarta
The Nigerian Ambassador to Indonesia, Usman Ogah, has returned to his duty post in Jakarta, Indonesia, weeks after he was recalled from the Asian country.
Recall that the envoy was asked to come home over the manhandling of a Nigerian diplomat, Abdulrrahman Ibrahim, by Indonesian immigration officials in Jakarta on August 7.
It was gathered on Monday that Ogah was directed to return to Indonesia after briefing the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama on the incident.
Sources said Ibrahim had also returned to Indonesia after meeting with the minister.
Viral footage had shown Ibrahim being strangulated by some officials in a moving vehicle.
The incident drew outrage from the Federal Government, which summoned the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Usra Harahap.
But Harahap insisted that the incident was triggered by Ibrahim’s refusal to identify himself when accosted by the immigration officers, adding that he injured one of the men during a scuffle.
A senior official at the foreign affairs ministry told Punch correspondent on Monday that the report of the incident had been presented to President Buhari (retd.), noting that Ogah and Ibrahim’s return to Jakarta “will probably mark the end of the case.”
“With the return of the ambassador and the assaulted diplomat to their foreign post, and the ministry of foreign affairs keeping mum on the issue, this means the matter has been settled and the case is closed,” the official added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson, Mrs Esther Susunwa, confirmed that Ogah has gone back to Jakarta to follow up on the investigations being conducted into the assault by the Indonesian authorities.
“He (ambassador) has returned and following up investigations initiated by the Indonesian authorities,” Susunwa explained in a text message.
However, the spokesperson did not respond when asked if the FG believed that the case had been satisfactorily resolved.