OrderPaperToday – Immediate past deputy president of the senate, Ike Ekweremadu, on Monday returned to Nigeria following an assault on him by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) in Nuremberg, Germany.
His return was confirmed in a statement sent to OrderPaperNG by his media aide, Uche Anichukwu.
Ekweremadu was attacked on Saturday while attending an event organised under the auspices of “Ndigbo Germany”.
The attack was widely condemned by several political and traditional leaders and activists called on the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel to investigate the matter.
While Ekweremadu refused to press charges, the Nigerian Embassy in Berlin said in a statement on Monday that the attackers will be prosecuted under German laws.
Physical assaults under German laws are punishable by fines or imprisonments of up to 10 years, depending on the gravity.
The Embassy informed that it will launch a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them swiftly to justice.
“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 South Eastern part of the country,” the embassy added.