Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, said that members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lied about the attack on him in Madrid, Spain.
The minister was attacked on Friday during a UN climate change conference.
Emma Powerful, a spokeswoman of the IPOB, said the attack was based on an order from Nnamdi Kanu, its leader.
The spokesman said that IPOB members “beat the minister”, adding that something similar will be done to those who “who brought hardship to the people”.
But in a statement on Saturday, Amaechi stated that the IPOB spokesman lied, explaining that he resisted and defeated his attackers.
“We read with utter disgust and disdain the sickening propagandist lies credited to one Emma Powerful, who claims to be the Spokesman of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that IPOB members in Madrid, Spain “beat” (physically assaulted) the Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. That is not true,” the statement read.
“We must clarify that in the incident of the attack yesterday on the Minister in Madrid, where Amaechi was part of the official Nigerian government delegation to the United Nations (UN) climate change conference (COP25), IPOB members did not “beat”, physically assault or cause any bodily harm to the honourable Minister.
“As they charged towards and at the minister during the attack, it was apparent that their plan was to “beat” (quoting Emma Powerful) him, hurt him, cause bodily harm or even do worse! But their violent evil plot failed woefully due to the dexterity of Amaechi to resist them, protect and defend himself, and the prompt intervention of the Spanish police who repelled the motley crowd of misguided attackers. Even the video circulated online by the attackers confirmed this much. Everyone could clearly hear one of them shouting, ‘we didn’t get him…’ expressing his frustrations of their inability to get and “beat” the Minister.”
Amaechi commended the Spanish police in Madrid for their prompt intervention in rescuing him from the attackers.
He expressed gratitude to those who showed him support since the incident occurred.
“We must commend the Spanish police in Madrid for their timely intervention to protect Amaechi and their investigation of the attack and attempt on the life of the honourable minister in Spanish territory,” he said.
“The honourable minister of Transportation is immensely grateful to all for the outpour of love, support and prayers. He acknowledges God’s hand in the foiling of the attack and reassures all and sundry that he’s well, unhurt and okay; and will continue to dedicate himself in service to God, Nigeria and humanity.”
The attack against the minister is not the first perpetuated by IPOB members, as Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, was earlier attacked in Nuremberg, Germany.