The Nigerian Ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tuggar, says the Nigerian government is hoping that the German police will prosecute the attackers of Ike Ekweremadu.
Tuggar said this in an interview conducted by Rouna Mayer, a Nigerian journalist living in Germany.
In an excerpt of the interview published on Premium Times, the ambassador said: “I am waiting to see what is going to happen. For us, this is a litmus test. I cannot sit here and vouch for the German police. I am still trying to understand how they work. This is the first time we are having this experience.
“What I do know is that the German authorities are aware of IPOB, which is a proscribed terrorist organisation in Nigeria. They are aware that IPOB are registered here as an entity and, therefore, it is up to them to decide whether they should take action on such an entity that has registered here and begins to attack Nigerians on German soil. So, we wait to see.”
Members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had attacked Ekweremadu when he visited Nuremberg in Germany to attend a programme organised by the Igbo community in the country.
The ambassador said the attack was not a protest but an attempt to cause bodily harm to a Nigerian official.
“There is no political protest that will push the supposed protesters into physically touching and assaulting another human being. Anywhere that happens in the world, it is a crime and some people need to be brought to book.
“So, quite honestly, I fail to understand how the issue of peaceful protest comes into this. If they were on peaceful protest, they would have come to my office with placards and said what they wanted and left.
“And the police are there. But you cross that line in any country and place your hand on any individual trying to cause harm. What I do know is that in some countries, first and foremost, they would be arrested and they have the right to bail.
“But when the police are there and witness something like that, one would expect arrest will be made and thereafter bail can be arranged and the investigation goes on, and if there’s the need to prosecute, then they get prosecuted,” he said.
Parents’ Death: Nnamdi Kanu Receives Sympathizers In Umuahia, Insists On Biafra Republic
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has said that despite the continued intimidations against members of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, by the federal government, it will remain undeterred in restoring Biafra republic.
Kanu who expressed dismay over the current state of affairs in the country pointed out that the Nigerian systems have collapsed under President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
The IPOB leader stated this when he received members of the group from Bayelsa state, who were in his Umuahia residence to condole him on the demise of his late parents, Paramount traditional ruler of Afaraukwu Ibeku ancient kingdom, Eze Israel Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu.
Mazi Kanu who was represented by Prince Meme Kanu on Friday urged IPOB members in Bayelsa to remain steadfast and never allow themselves to be deterred by the antics of the Buhari-led government.
Recall that the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had announced the death of its leader’s father, Israel Kanu.
A statement by Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Secretary of the group, simply stated that the monarch has joined his wife, Lolo Sally Kanu to be with his creator.
In a release announcing the death of Eze Israel Kanu, IPOB also blamed it on the military and the assault on his family.
Powerful added that Israel Kanu’s death was quickened by the death of his wife. But, the IPOB leader during the condolence visit said, “I have confidence in IPOB members in Bayelsa state. If you go, tell the whole world that Biafra has come to stay. We will not sell out. They can intimidate us, but will not stop Biafra restoration.
“You can see what we are experiencing in this country now. People who said No to Biafra are saying Yes today. Biafra will come. I thank you for coming to identify with us in this moment of grief and sorrow”.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer, Ejiofor Floors Police, Others In Court
A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, on Friday, December 13, 2019, restrained the Nigerian police and other security agencies from arresting Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, in connection with the recent Oraifite mayhem.
ORIENTAL TIMES understands that this was disclosed to News Express by an associate of Ejiofor.
ORIENTAL TIMES gathered that the Federal High Court sitting in Awka presided over by Hon. Justice Quadri of court No 2 this evening ordered all the security agencies mentioned as Respondents in Ejiofor’s fundamental rights suit to maintain status quo in the matter with a warning not to arrest him pending the hearing and determination of the Originating Motion On Notice.
According to reports, the order has been enrolled.
More to follow…
IPOB Reacts To ECOWAS Court Judgement On Nnamdi Kanu’s Petition Against Nigerian Govt
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has reacted to the decision of the court of the Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) which ruled that its leader, Nnamdi Kanu failed to prove his allegations against the Nigerian government.
Kanu had filed a suit before the court on March 3, 2016 alleging torture, assault, inhuman treatment, and the violation of his property rights by the Federal Government.
The IPOB leader in the suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16 filed before the court by his counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, also claimed that his rights to life, personal integrity, privacy, fair trial, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, freedom of association, and right to self-determination among others were violated following his arrest and detention by agents of the defendant State.
The Community Court in its judgement held that the arrest and detention of the IPOB’s leader, Kanu, was lawful.
The three-member panel of the court also dismissed Kanu’s request for monetary compensation to the tune of $800.
Reacting to the judgement in a statement, IPOB media and publicity secretary, Comrade Emma Powerful, described it as compromised.
Kanu leads IPOB which seeks secession from the Federal Republic of Nigeria to form the Republic of Biafra. The group has been in constant clash with the Nigerian government on many issues, resulting in its proscription by the Buhari led administration.