Stop sending us home: Nigerian embassy in Germany attacked by protestors

by Stanley Azuakola

On Wednesday night in Berlin, Germany, the Nigerian Embassy was attacked with paint bombs. For now, the suspects who carried out the act are unknown, according to the police.

The police spokesman said that glass bottles filled with a thick and sticky liquid were thrown at the front of the building in Neue Jakobstraße street.

The police said a political motive may not be ruled out in the attack. Investigation of the incident has been handed over by the police to state security authorities.

The police said security workers noticed the damage to the building on Thursday morning.

On Monday, 120 activists, members of the “Refugee Protest March in Berlin campaign” gathered in front of the Nigerian Embassy to demonstrate against the practice of deporting asylum seekers from Germany. Their reason for staging the protest in front of the embassy was as a result of the Nigerian embassy reportedly “working closely with the German state to ensure that the processing of the largest number of deportations from Africa came from Nigeria.”

According to the spokesman, 14 of the activists illegally entered to the embassy, in order to “occupy’’ it as part of the protest march. They were later ejected by security officials. 25 of the protesters were temporarily detained and later released.

Investigators would determine if there was a connection between the attempted occupation of the embassy on Monday and the recent paint attack on Wednesday night to the early hours of Thursday.

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