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Ministry yet to write to Nigeria over envoy

BUSINESS
By | May 28th 2011 | 2 min read
By | May 28th 2011
BUSINESS

By CYRUS OMBATI

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is yet to write to Nigeria to complain about the conduct of its High Commissioner Chijioke Wigwe following claims he battered his wife.

A source told The Standard On Saturday that the minister and permanent secretary who are supposed to send the communication are away.

"But once they are in office, they will do so to enhance justice to the victim," said the source.

The source said the ministry will write to The Nigerian High Commission, citing a letter from Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere, who wants a waiver of the envoy’s diplomatic immunity to enable them arrest and charge him in court over the assault claims.

In a letter to the Nigerian Government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iteere said his hands are tied because of the diplomatic immunity that ambassadors enjoy under Geneva conventions.

"We have written to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over this issue and we expect a response soon. A crime was committed and action must be taken," he said on the phone.

Domestic quarrel

Iteere said he has received photographs and a letter from the High Commissioner’s wife over the alleged battering.

Fida on Thursday condemned the alleged attack by Dr Wigwe on his wife, Tess, two weeks ago after a domestic quarrel.

Fida chairperson Naomi Wagereka said it is clear that the Commissioner has no respect for women and is therefore not fit serve as a High Commissioner or in any official capacity.

"The Kenyan Government has both international and constitutional obligations to provide protection against violence for not only Kenyans but also for vulnerable persons within its borders," said Wagereka in a statement.

Wagereka demanded the declaration of Wigwe as persona non grata and withdrawal of his diplomatic immunity.

A statement from the Nigerian High Commission denied the allegations terming them malevolent, far from the truth and unsubstantiated.

"The High Commission would like to categorically state that Dr Wigwe does not have a history of physical violence. As a Mission, we stand by the High Commissioner as a man of peace and integrity, until it can be proved otherwise," said the statement.

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