Biafran agitator Simon Ekpa arrested in Finland
Biafran agitator, Simon Ekpa has reportedly been arrested by the police in Finland, according to Helsingin Sanomat (HS).
HS, a newspaper outlet in Finland said they went to Ekpa’s house with the intention to do an interview, but that the Finland police were the one who opened the door.
The newspaper said they saw when the police escorted the Nigerian separatist out of his apartment in Lahti.
The Nigerian government has asked Finland to intervene in the activities of the Lahti separatist.
On Thursday morning, KRP prevented HS from entering Ekpa’s apartment and said that the interview would be moved “to the future”.
The newspaper said they had agreed on an interview at Ekpa’s apartment near Lahti market. As late as 10:06, Ekpa had published a tweet to his almost 70,000 followers.
“We the people of Biafra will fight to the end this time,” the last message read.
Ekpa is pushing for the independence of Biafra, which is located in South-Eastern Nigeria, at all costs. He is inciting people on social media to boycott Saturday’s presidential election.
Lahti’s Etelä-Suomen Sanomat newspaper reported on Thursday that Ekpa “doesn’t hide the fact that he is participating in the elimination of government officials.” He even leads the operation and acquires weapons”.
Ekpa publicly claims to have replaced Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu after he was arrested. He also claims to command IPOB’s armed wing, the Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Criminal Inspector, Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police confirms to HS on the phone that on Thursday afternoon the KRP had a police operation in a private apartment in the center of Lahti in connection with the ongoing preliminary investigation.
The police arrested one man from the apartment. KRP suspects the arrested man of a crime, but does not comment on the crime at this stage.