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BREAKING: Finland authorities arrests Simon Ekpa

Simon Ekpa

BREAKING: Finland authorities arrest pro-Biafran agitator, Simon Ekpa

On Thursday, Finland authorities arrested popular pro-Biafra separatist agitator, Simon Ekpa.

According to a Finland news outlet, HS, the police escorted the separatist out of his apartment in Lahti.

The platform claimed that they had gone to Ekpa’s residence for an interview but to their surprise, the Finland police, KRP, answered when the HS team rang the separatist bell.

The HS said the KRP prevented their team from entering Ekpa’s apartment and said that the interview would be moved “to the future”.

When contacted, an official of the Finnish Embassy in Abuja who craves anonymity confirmed Ekpa’s arrest to The PUNCH on Thursday.

“It is our understanding that he is currently in police custody in Finland,” the official who is not authorised to speak to the press told The PUNCH.

“According to information available to us, the image is verified by Helsingin Sanomat, a Finnish newspaper; in it, Ekpa is seen being escorted out of his home in Lahti by plainclothes Finnish police”, the official volunteered.

Nigerians from all over the world signed a petition urging the Finnish government, the Nigerian government, and the European Union to arrest Ekpa, the man responsible for the South-East sit-at-home order, before his ultimate arrest on Thursday.

Ekpa, a self-described follower of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, had frequently urged residents of the region’s South-East to observe a sit-at-home protest and abstain from the country’s scheduled general elections on Saturday.

His repeated orders to stay at home have been accompanied by bloodshed and the devastation of local people’s lives and property by those who carry them out.

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