A video shared by Amaechi Nwoye Uba on Facebook shows where suspected Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) members were rough handling Sen Ike Ekweremadu. The incident is believed to have taken place in Nuremberg, Germany. Ekweremadu was dragged around and stoned with different objects, mostly eggs, around the venue of the event.
It was also reported that Rep Toby Okechukwu (House Deputy Minority Leader) was with the senator but tactfully distanced himself after his (Toby’s) red cap was forcefully removed from his head by the boys and thrown away before things really got out of hands. Toby was later reported to have hurried into a waiting vehicle where the senator managed to join him before they were whisked away to safety. Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West in the Senate was said to be at Nuremberg for the New Yam festival in the German city organized by Ndi Igbo Germany (NIG). He was a guest of honor and was to deliver a keynote address at the event. The IPOB members were said to have confronted Ekweremadu on arrival and accused him of not using his position to do enough to help the plight of Igbos among other things and demanded that he must leave the venue. Some were also said to be annoyed that Ekweremadu wore a cloth depicting Nigeria’s coat of Arms (which the secessionist movement saw as a slight) instead of normal Ishi Agu cloth worn by Igbos. Some of the organizers were said to have tried to smuggle him into the hall as against him leaving. The resistant IPOB members refused and the charged environment resulted in an ugly melee. The social media has been agog with comments for and against the incident.