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My attackers acted under the influence of drugs and alcohol —Ekweremadu

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Ekweremadu addressing the press

The immediate past Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, Monday said his attackers in Nuremberg, Germany on Saturday acted under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Ekweremadu, who was attacked at an event to celebrate the New Yam Festival by Igbos in Germany, by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), said this while speaking to journalists on his return to the country at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja.

The senator also said he had forgiven them and that he would not be seeking any punishment for them.

He, however, said the German government was free to deal with them as it deemed fit.

He said: “I had a feeling that they were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They did not represent the feelings of our people. I have forgiven them and I have moved on.

“The government of Germany is free to do whatever they want to do about their case.”

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Giving a detailed account of what transpired, Ekweremadu said his attackers had issues with the handling of the Operation Python Dance, a military operation in the South-East.

He said: “The organisers asked me to come to the venue because the place was already full of guests including the Mayor of the town and the Nigerian Ambassador to Germany and I had to rush there.

“When I got there, the Ambassador was not there yet but a lot of people had already assembled. I was excited and I alighted from my car to go and say hello to those standing in front of the hall.

“A group of young people with IPOB emblem and shirts were also standing there. One of them then accosted me and said that we didn’t do much when the Federal Government declared Operation Python Dance in the South-East.

“They asked me to address them on the issue right there but I told them that it was part of the issues I would address when I wanted to speak during the programme but they said No!

“They became agitated and started attacking me immediately.”

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