28th July, 2011
The Nigerian Embassy in Austria said it has begun investigations into the alleged brutalisation of Mr. Uche Obi, a Nigerian deported from Austria.
Obi had claimed that he was humiliated and brutalised by the Austrian police while being deported from the country in January.
Nigeriaâ€™s Ambassador to Austria, Amb. Maria Laose, told the Europe correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview that her mission was already investigating the matter even though it was yet to get an official complaint.
â€œI am yet to get the official complaint, nevertheless, having come across this case on the net, I have instructed the consular officer to get me the details for better understanding of what might have happened and for necessary action.â€
Laose who is also Nigeriaâ€™s Permanent Representative to the UN Offices in Vienna said it was untrue that the embassy abandoned Obi and was not willing to render necessary assistance to him.
â€œI assumed duty on June 27 this year and had not been appointed as an ambassador when the incident took place in January.
â€œI am yet to receive any official report to that effect. I took interest in this case with the Austriaâ€™s Interior Ministry after reading it on the net,â€ she said.
She appealed to Nigerians to always obey and respect the law of their host countries.