By Blessing Enechojo Abu
Pro-Biafra agitator Simon Ekpa, who is known for instigating unrest in the southeastern part of the country has been arrested in Finland.
Simon Ekpa who had threatened to disrupt the 2023 elections in the Eastern states with his group, Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested by the Finnish police on Thursday, February 23, 2023
Confirming the arrest, Finland’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Leena Pylvänäinen said “Yes, it is our understanding, based on the news report by Helsingin Sanomat, that Mr. Ekpa was taken in for questioning earlier today from his home in Lahti.”
The Nigerian government had summoned the Finnish ambassador over threats by Mr. Ekpa to stop the general election in Nigeria’s southeast about two weeks ago.
Simon Ekpa who had in the time past enforced sit-at-home orders across the south East in a bid to disrupt the conduct of the elections in the south East had declared sit-at-home from 23 to 28 February 2023.
Nigeria’s minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, represented by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, had in a meeting with the Finnish ambassador expressed concern over the unrest in the south Eastern region perpetuated by Mr. Ekpa’s followers in their bid to enforce the sit-at-home orders. Stating that his actions were fast becoming a threat to the elections.
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