- The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, faults reports claiming that he was attacked by some Nigerians in Spain
- Amaechi says members of a group which has been proscribed in Nigeria lied about the attacking him
- The minister thanks the Spanish police for rescuing him from his attackers
The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has dismissed claims that he was attacked by some Nigerians in Madrid, Spain while attending a UN conference on climate change.
The Cable reports that the minister in a statement on Saturday, December 7, said members of a group, which has been proscribed in Nigeria lied about the attacking him.
Amaechi noted that he was not beaten, physically assaulted or suffer any bodily harm from the IPOB members. He the prompt intervention of the Spanish police stopped the attackers from carrying out their plan.
“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," the minister said.
He said even the video circulated online by the group confirmed that he was not attacked as the attackers were heard saying they didn't get him.
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The minister thanked the Spanish police for rescuing him from his attackers. He also thanked Nigerians for the outpour of love, support, and prayers.
Meanwhile, the attack on Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, in Spain, has been condemned by the Nigerian government.
Reacting to the incident, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, said there will be consequences for such uncouth and unruly behaviour.
She appealed to Nigerians to always be of good behaviour wherever they may be as any negative action will dent the country's image.
According to her, the case is now being handled by the Nigerian mission and the Spanish Police.
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