A former deputy president of the Nigerian Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, was attacked by an irate mob in the European country of Germany.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekweremadu, a federal lawmaker representing the Enugu West Senator District in southeastern Nigeria, was almost lynched by a mob suspected to be members of the proscribed separatist group Indigenous People of Biafra.
Legit.ng notes that a video went viral on Saturday, August 17, showing Ekweremadu being dragged roughly out of a hall by the irate mob who also stoned him with different objects they could find.
In the video seen by our correspondent, the senator quickly jumped into a waiting hatch-backed style silver car which zoomed off quickly before the mob could close in on him.
NAN reports that Ekweremadu was violently questioned in the video over his alleged conspiracy with the Federal Government to proscribe the IPOB in the South East and killing several of its followers.
The national news agency reports that Enweremadu confirmed the attack in a statement released by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu in Abuja, saying he had immediately reported the incidence to the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar.
“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.”
Recall that Legit.ng reported that Ekweremadu lost the bid to be deputy president of the 9th senate after losing to Senator Ovie Omo-Agege in an internal election on the floor of the Red Chamber.
Omo-Agege, representing Delta central senatorial district, emerged the deputy president of the 9th Senate to replace Ekweremadu who was deputy immediate past president of the 8th senate Bukola Saraki.
Omo-Agege of the All Progressives Congress emerged victorious after defeating his challenger, Ekweremadu Peoples Democratic Party in the elections held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019.