Pro-Biafra separatist Simon Ekpa arrested in Finland

Simon Ekpa

Police in Finland have arrested pro-Biafra separatist, Simon Ekpa, over links to violence in the south-eastern parts of Nigeria.

Finland news outlet, HS, which broke the news of the arrest, said the police escorted the 37-year-old out of his apartment in Lahti.

The platform reported that its team had gone to Ekpa’s residence for an interview but to their surprise, the Finland police, KRP, answered when they rang the 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”.

Multiple sources within Nigerian security agencies and the Finnish government have confirmed the arrest.

Before his eventual arrest on Thursday, Nigerians all over the world have signed a petition appealing to the Finnish government, Nigerian Government and the European Union to arrest Ekpa, the brain behind the sit-at-home order in Nigeria’s southeast.

Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had repeatedly ordered the people of the southeast to observe a sit-at-home and asked them to boycott the country’s general elections starting on Saturday, February 25.

His repeated sit-at-home order has been marked by bloodshed and destruction of lives and properties in the region by its enforcers.

His last tweet before his arrest was a declaration that “we the Biafra people will fight to finish this time.”

The latest round of election-related violence in the southeast includes the killing of Labour Party Senatorial candidate for Enugu East, Oyibo Chukwu, and five of his aides by yet unidentified gunmen.