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BREAKING: IPOB owns attack, Ekweremadu, Ohanaeze reacts
“Any day we find them in a public event abroad, they will be humiliated. IPOB is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world. Anywhere we find them, they will be dealt with.” Said IPOB
The leadership of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has claimed the attack on the former Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu earlier today in Germany.
Scannews 24 earlier reported a video showing the former senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who was seen dragged around and stoned with different objects, around a venue of an event in Germany.
The lawmaker, who was battered, was later whisked away in a car, after several attempts to stop him from escaping.
In the video, one of the attackers was heard saying “imagine, people are dying on a daily basis, people are wailing on a daily basis and we are here enjoying.”
IPOB spoke in a statement titled: “Operation Python Dance instigator Ike Ekweremadu disgraced by IPOB Nuremberg Family”, signed by its media and publicity secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful.
The statement read: “Today being the 17th day of August 2019 the Nuremberg IPOB family in Germany in keeping with the long standing directive from our leader to hound all instigators of Operation Python Dance, is glad to report that Ike Ekweremadu was confronted and duly hounded out of a so-called New Yam Festival event in Germany.
“Despite repeated warnings to the organisers of these jamborees that Enugu, Ebonyi and other parts of Biafraland is under siege by Fulani caliphate and their collaborators within, they went ahead to invite a known traitor, co-conspirator and one of those that worked with Igbo governors to proscribe and tag IPOB a terror organisation while they never raised any voice against murderous Fulani herdsmen.
“This should serve as a warning to Nnia Nwodo, Dave Umahi, Okezie Ikpeazu, Willie Obiano and co that any day we find them in a public event abroad, they will be humiliated. IPOB is strategically located in over 100 countries around the world. Anywhere we find them, they will be dealt with.”
Meanwhile, Ike Ekwerwmadu has confirmed attack by the Germany wing of the Indigenous People of Biafra, said he was attacked by IPOB.
While narrating in a post on his Facebook page, Ekweremadu said he was attacked when he was called up to give a keynote at a Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg on Saturday.
He said, after a resounding welcome, the IPOB group took over the stage, complained of killings in Nigeria, insisted to hurt the event.
The post reads: “I Was Attacked by IPOB in Germany.
“I attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention organised by Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nurnberg today where I was billed to give a keynote address along with the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who, however could not make it eventually.
“I was given a resounding welcome by Ndigbo in Germany and everything went smoothly until some men, who identified themselves as IPOB members stormed the venue and began to complain about the killings in the South East, stressing that there would be no Igbo event at the venue.
“I tried to engage them, but when they became unruly, I had to leave the venue. The organisers also invited the police and I was accompanied out of the venue.
“Much as I am disappointed in their conduct, especially as I am one of the persons, who have spoken up on justice for Ndigbo, the Python Dance, judicial killings in Igbo land and elsewhere both on the floor of the Senate and in my written and personal engagements with the Presidency as well as rallied the South East Senate Caucus to secure Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s release with Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe taking him on bail to douse tension in the South East, I nevertheless do not hold this to heart against them, for they know not what they do.
“I have received thousands of solidarity calls and messages from well meaning Ndigbo and Nigerians. I want to assure them that I am hale and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar.”
In same regard, the Igbo Ape Socio-Cultural group, Ohanaeze has condemned the attack inflicted on the former senate President, Ike Ekweremadu in Germany.
In a statement by the groups President, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, described the attack as a disappointing one.
Nwodo condemned in totality the attack, said the violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of the group will damage the cause of their pursuit.
In his words: “The assault on Ekweremadu by Igbos in Germany, described as IPOB, is disappointing, grotesque and dangerous for Igbo solidarity.
“This violent, rude, impertinent, divisive and discourteous style of IPOB or IPOB instigated miscreants is damaging to our cause.
“It strengthens the case of those who describe them as terrorists and weaken our case against the infringement of our fundamental human rights.
“Ekweremadu negotiated the sureties and securities for Nnamdi Kanu’s release on bail.
“He does not deserve this picketing and disgrace. A disgrace to him is a disgrace to Igbo race.
Whilst I condemn the attack on our revered son and leader, I call on the law enforcement agencies in Germany to bring to book the perpetrators of this despicable act. It is un-Igbo. It is disgraceful.”