Nigeria protests ‘violation’ of embassy in Washington
Nigeria is accusing the United States secret service of violating its Washington DC embassy premises.
The embassy has already lodged a complaint to this effect with the U.S government, according to the acting ambassador/charge d’affaires, Hakeem Balogun.
Balogun said the alleged violation took place during a fracas between two local workers when police entered the premises.
He branded the police action as a violation of diplomatic protocol.
Balogun said a “protest note” had been transmitted to the U.S department of state.
“We have sent a protest note in respect of the entrance by the police into the embassy. It is against diplomatic protocols,” he said.
“They are not supposed to enter the embassy. The protest letter is in respect of the entrance of the police into the embassy.”
The Nigerian envoy also said he has since taken appropriate and timely, administrative and diplomatic steps to address the incident.
“These measures include the immediate and indefinite suspension of the two local staff members involved in the fracas.
“There is the establishment of a committee to investigate and recommend appropriate disciplinary actions against the two locally-recruited staff members involved in the fracas,” Balogun added.
He dismissed a media report in Nigeria that U.S police officers were called in to restore order in the embassy on account of “a physical fight.”
He also described as baseless, claims that the fracas took place “in the full glare of dozens of guests and visa applicants.”
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