Some members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who attacked former Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, at an event in Germany on Saturday have been arrested by the law enforcement agencies in the country.
This was according to the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who made the revelation on Twitter.
“I condemn in its entirety the attack on former DSP Ike Ekeremadu at an event in Nuremberg, Germany, nobly put together by Ndi Igbo Germany. where he was attacked.
“I hope the culprits, some of whom have been arrested, will face consequences for their shamefully pathetic actions,” said Dabiri-Erewa.
Ekweremadu was seen in a trending social media video on Saturday being assaulted by the suspected IPOB members when he attended the Second Annual Cultural Festival and Convention of the Ndi-Igbo Germany in Nuremberg, Germany.
The former Deputy Senate President, who currently represents Enugu West in the Senate, was pelted with different objects and had to be whisked away from the venue of the event by his aides.
He had been billed to deliver a keynote address at the event but could not do so due to attack.
Narrating his ordeal at the hands of the IPOB members, Ekweremadu said: “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,” he said in a statement by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu.
In its reaction, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo said: “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,” a statement by the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, partly read.