A few arrests have been made in an attack against former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany., it has been gathered.
The Enugu Senator confirmed on phone that he is doing fine and sustained no injury. He said the German authorities are handling the situation.
“I am fine., thank you, I am fine,” he said in a calm voice on phone.
There were other reports that said a top Nigerian diplomat to Germany was present when the Senator was attacked.
The Senator, who gave the account of the event on his social media handle, @iamekweremdu, however, assured Ndigbo and his supporters across the nation that he was safe.
Narrating the incident, Ekweremadu said: “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 and the media 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. I want to assure them that I am hail and hearty. I have also spoken with the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar”.
An Abuja source close to Ekweremadu said it was not clear what led to the disagreement, but accusing fingers are being pointed in the directionn of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnadi Kanu.
“It was him that was attacked in the video. They invited him to the New Yam festival and he honoured the invitation. He travelled out by Lufthansa at about 10.20 p.m. yesterday (Friday) night. We are still not sure what exactly led to the embarrassment visited on him by his own people, but indications are that he is fine. The Ambassador has been fully appraised of the situation and has met with him,” the source said.