The Nigerian High Commission in Germany has said that attackers of former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, will be prosecuted under German law.
If convicted, the attackers risk 10-year jail term each, as physical assaults are punishable by fines or imprisonments of up to 10 years in Germany.
The Nigerian embassy in Germany, in a statement on Monday, assured that the attackers would be prosecuted to serve as deterrence to others planning such assault.
Members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had assaulted Ekweremadu in Nuremberg, Germany, on Saturday, during the New Yam Festival of Igbo community in that country.
Under German law, physical assaults are punishable by fines or imprisonments of up to 10 years.
The mission explained that organisers of the event reportedly requested Police protection to ensure maintenance of public order during the event, but they were told that the threat level was minimal and that they did not require any security personnel at the venue.
It stated, “The Embassy has requested a thorough investigation of this attack with a view to identifying the perpetrators and bringing them swiftly to justice in accordance with German law.
“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.”
Meanwhile, a group, the Coalition in Defence of Nigerian Democracy, has also called for an investigation into the incident, which it described as “shameful.”
In a letter addressed to the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel and delivered to the German Embassy in Nigeria, the group asked the German government to bring the perpetrators to book.