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FG wades into Ekweremadu’s attack by IPOB, says many arrested
The Nigerian government, through Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, has condemned the attack on the former deputy senate president, Senator in Germany.
Her statement, late on Saturday, follows the emergence of a viral video of an attack on the 57-year-old who is a serving Senator.
Dabiri-Erewa said the serving Senator of the 9th Assembly was attending the 2nd Annual Igbo Cultural Festival in Nuremberg as a speaker/special guest of honour when he was reportedly beaten up by aggrieved IPOB members.
“The incident is an embarrassment to the country,” she said.
The Chairman, who said the government condemned the action to its entirety, said following disclose report by trusted source, some of those who carried out the attack have been apprehended, Dabiri-Erewa demanded action.
“We call on the German government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that there are consequences for their actions,” she said.
“It is also shamefully pathetic that an event which was nobly put together by the Ndi-Igbo community in Germany, whose members make up the majority of Nigerians living in Germany, to amongst other things provide a forum for the Diasporans and various stakeholders to network and to facilitate a better cooperation between German and Nigerian businesses, ended up in such a disgraceful manner.”
She further stressed that Nigerians needs to be of good behavior wherever they find themselves adding that incidents can tarnish the image of the country.
Meanwhile, we earlier brought you report that 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.
The lawmaker, who 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.