In a letter written by THE Government of the Federal Republic of Germany to Senator Ike Ekweremadu over the assault on him by IPOB members in Germany, the German government opined that “competent authorities” were on top of the situation.
The German government, expressed their disappoinment and concern over th e incidence in a letter to the Senator by the Acting Ambassador, Mrs. Regine Hess, who also is the Chargée d’Affaires of the Embassy of Germany in Abuja.
According to a statement yesterday in Abuja by Ekweremadu’s Media Aide, Uche Anichukwu, the letter read: “I learnt with great concern about the events in Nuremberg during the second Annual Igbo Cultural Festival. In the name of the German Embassy, I want to express my heartfelt regret and my sincere hope that you are in good health.
“The Foreign Office is taking this incident very seriously. Right away, our Protocol got in contact with the Police in Nuremberg who is investigating the matter. Please rest assured that the matter will be dealt with by the competent authorities according to the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany.”
The German police, in a statement on the incident over the weekend Speaking through the First Chief Commissioner of Police, Mr. Robert Sandmann at the police headquarters in Mittelfranken said:
“On Monday (after the incident), the prosecutor’s office was informed; they subpoenaed the investigation file for the next day, and then decided their next steps. Witnesses were also heard, and also the available video material was secured and investigated.
“Through this, already, four suspects were identified and they are now being investigated for coercion.
“Furthermore, the criminal police is tasked with identifying more suspects and prove their participation based on the available evidence”.
“Generally, I can say that the free expression of your opinion is guaranteed in Germany, by our constitution. This right, of course, has its limits, where the behaviour violates laws or the rights of others.”