17 August 2019
Former Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu was visibly shaken by an unprecedented attack today when he arrived in Nuremberg, Germany as guest of honour at an Igbo cultural union event in the city, celebrating the annual “Iriji” (New Yam) festival.
A witness at the scene told Naijiant.com that the senator for Enugu West was set upon by members of the separatist group, Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who pelted him with dozens of eggs and literally dragged him out of the building.
Watch the attack below:
The witness said that Ekweremadu’s bodyguard tried to stop the attacks but also received a few blows for his efforts. The senator was saved from a further beating by being bundled into a waiting car. But it wasn’t before his traditional top, known among Igbos as “isiagu”, was torn by the protesters.
The witness said he was angry at the attack on Ekweremadu, telling the separatists that it would have been more acceptable if it were President Muhammadu Buhari that they pelted with eggs. The attack seemingly didn’t go down too well among some of the other guests.
As Ekweremadu fled the scene, objects were thrown at his car before the police showed up and blocked off the IPOB members from the venue. Nnamdi Kanu, the London-based leader of the pro-Biafran movement, later showed up at the scene, saying that any Nigerian politician that comes to Europe should expect the same treatment.
One of his followers could be overhead earlier shouting that politicians like Ekweremadu shouldn’t come to Europe to “enjoy” while people are suffering and dying in Nigeria.
Ekweremadu claimed, after regaining his composure from a safe place away from the scene, that he wasn’t harmed and had just left the event when it became too “rowdy”.