Lagos, Nigeria - Nigeria's federal government has set up a board of inquiry to investigate the recent attack on the country's Embassy in Dakar.
The local media Wednesday reported that Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ashiru disclosed the setting up of the panel at a hearing held on the issue by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives Tuesday
“We have constituted a board of inquiry to find out the causes of the problem and proffer solutions,” the minister was quoted to have said, adding that the panel comprises representatives of the ministry, office of the Nigeria Security Adviser and the
Nigeria Intelligence Agency.
The minister also said a strong protest had been lodged with the Senegalese authorities over the failure of the police to protect the embassy and its staffers.
Also speaking at the hearing, Mrs. Katyen Jackden, Nigeria’s Ambassador to Senegal, said a distress call was made to the nearest police station some few metres away from the Embassy, but that they responded 30 minutes later.
Last week, Nigerian citizens in Senegal attacked the country's embassy in Dakar, during which cars were vandalised, office equipment and fittings destroyed and the national flag desecrated.
The attack was triggered when the Nigerians were protesting the murder of a member of their community in Senegal, allegedly by his Senegalese business partner.