The Indonesian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Usra Harahap, has revealed that assaulted Nigerian diplomat, Abdulrrahman Ibrahim, was the primary aggressor throughout his encounter with Indonesian immigration officers.
SaharaReporters had reported how Ibrahim was on Saturday arrested and tortured by the Indonesian police after he went out to buy at a grocery store.
It was learnt that his Identification card and passport have been, nonetheless, not with him throughout his go to to the place.
The Indonesian cops reportedly didn’t hearken to his plea and he was pressured inside a car the place he was crushed.
He reportedly began to suffocate on account of the assault.
However, the Indonesian authorities has defended the assault Ibrahim was subjected to, as Harahap claimed the Nigerian diplomat first elbowed an immigration official until the latter began to bleed.
On Monday, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama summoned Harahap over the assault of the Nigerian diplomat in Jakarta.
Giving an account of the incident, in line with The Punch, Harahap disclosed that the immigration officers from South Jakarta Immigration Office have been finishing up surveillance on foreigners once they requested Ibrahim for identification however the diplomat allegedly refused to determine himself or tender his passport.
He acknowledged “By that time, they met with Mr Ibrahim and politely requested him to show his travel document. He answered that his passport was in his room.
“Then the officer asked again, ‘Can we see your travel document to check the residence permit and if there are no problems with the document, so you may continue your activities
“Mr Ibrahim was not willing to show his passport and said to the officer, ‘you will know who really I am and be careful on that.
“Instead of showing his identity card, Mr Ibrahim was angry and said, ‘Just arrest me and you will regret to know who really I am.’
“The officer said, ‘We will not detain you, further sir if you can show us your identity card.’ Then Mr Ibrahim said, ‘Where is your car, I’ll come to your office.’
“On the way to the immigration office in South Jakarta, several incidents happened. Mr Ibrahim elbowed the immigration officer, Mr Laode Hauzan Baidi, who was sitting next to him until Mr Laode’s lip was bleeding.
“This led to other officers restraining him from attacking another officer during the trip.”
Explaining that Ibrahim later confirmed his identification card, Harahap additional mentioned, “As of February 22, 2021, there were 180 Nigerian citizens in Indonesian Immigration Detention Centre, who were undergoing the process for deportation.”
The envoy additional mentioned the problem was resolved when the Nigerian High Commissioner to Indonesia arrived on the South Jakarta Immigration Office round 6: 30 pm, along with the workers and his police guard from the Directorate of Security of Vital Objects of Police of the Greater Jakarta Metro Area
He acknowledged that the officer injured by Ibrahim lodged a grievance in regards to the assault on him however didn’t course of it additional as a result of the matter had been resolved.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian High Commissioner to Indonesia, Usman Ogar, and the diplomat, Abdulrrahman Ibrahim, who was assaulted by immigration officers within the South East Asian nation, will arrive within the nation on Thursday.
The August 7 incident had sparked a diplomatic row between Nigeria and the Indonesian authorities with the Federal Government recalling Ogar for session whereas threatening a evaluate of the bilateral relations between the 2 nations.
The Punch quoted the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Esther Sunsuwa, as saying, “The Federal Government will make its position known after consulting with the recalled Nigerian envoy expected to arrive in the country along with Ibrahim on Thursday (today).”