Rotimi Amaechi, ex-Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, had his back to the wall.
A group of irate persons believed to be members of IPOB laid ambush for the Minister at the venue of an international conference in Spain.
The Minister who was in that country as part of a Federal Government delegation to participate in talks relating to the environment.
As the target made his way, the IPOB members swung into action.
But somehow, Amaechi was alert. So were officers and men of the Spanish police who quickly moved in to protect the Minister.
IPOB claimed in a statement immediately after the incident that its operatives apparently acting on the orders of Nnamdi Kanu had successfully attacked Amaechi.
Amaechi shot back through his twitter handle, saying he did not suffer any harm.
“Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain.
“They were quickly repelled by the Spanish police before they could do any harm. I am fine. I was not hurt.”
IPOB appears to have been caught on the back foot despite efforts by its propagandists to make the claim stick.
A video which has gone viral has revealed voices in the background, which expressed disappointment that the one described as the Lion of the Niger Delta had escaped.
Widespread reactions followed.
Across the nation, within the South-South geopolitical region and his home state, Rivers, many heaved sighs of relief.
A presidential adviser responsible for Diaspora matters warned against attempts by some persons to bring the image of the country to ridicule.
Various groups angered by the attack on Amaechi reacted, warning their could be reprisal attacks within the Niger Delta if the sponsors of violence against their son did not stop.
Recall that Senator Ekweremadu, former Deputy Senate President was attacked in Germany by persons who turned out to be supporters of IPOB.
Why IPOB imagines that the recourse to the use of terror antics and violence would help its cause is difficult to understand.
The first attempt in the sixties to achieve a Biafran State by force of arms failed.
Before Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu who led the first move died, he had warned that another attempt to establish Biafra by the same means would not succeed.
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