The Nigerian embassy in Germany on Monday, August 19, has said that the attackers of former deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, might be prosecuted under German laws.
The Cable reports that under German laws, physical assaults are punishable by fines or imprisonments of up to 10 years, depending on the gravity.
it was gathered that on Saturday 17, at an event organized under the auspices of Ndigbo Germany, Ekweremadu, who is a serving senator from Enugu state, was beaten up by members of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.
In a statement issued on the evening of Monday, August 19, the embassy assured that the attackers would be prosecuted to serve as deterrence to others planning such assault.
The statement reads: “The embassy of Nigeria, Berlin, Germany wishes to react to viral videos of a vicious physical attack on the immediate past deputy president of the Nigerian Senate and serving senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, Ike Ekweremadu, by some members, an illegal and terrorist entity, named Indigenous Peoples of Biafra ( POB) in Nuremberg on August, 17, 2019. “The attack happened at an event organised by Nigerians in Germany under the auspices of a socio-cultural organisation known as Ndigbo Germany, a registered entity in the federal republic of Germany. Invitations were extended to Nigerian dignitaries, including the distinguished senator and Nigeria’s ambassador to Germany, His Excellency Yusuf Maitama Tuggar.”
According to the statement, the Nigerian ambassador also honoured the invitation but arrived at the venue shortly after the incident, adding that the organisers reportedly requested for police protection to ensure public order during the event.
It said the organisers were, however, told that the threat level was minimal and did not require stationing of any personnel at the venue before the incident. “The embassy has requested a thorough investigation of this attack with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them swiftly to justice in accordance with German law. “This would deter future acts of violence against officials of the Nigerian government on German soil particularly against the backdrop of threats by the proscribed IPOB to carry out similar attacks on more Nigerian dignitaries, especially those from the southeastern part of the country,” the statement added.
Newsetal.com had earlier reported that German government deported a new batch of Nigerian migrants less than 48 hours after the attack on Ekweremadu by IPOB.