Simon Ekpa has been arrested at Finland airport while reportedly trying to flee to Israel, a source tells CHECKPOINTCHARLEY.
Ekpa, a factional leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has repeatedly declared sit-at-home orders across the South-east, insisting that there would be no election in the region in 2023.
His arrest comes barely 48hours to the start of voting on Saturday.
Ekpa was taken into custody on Thursday 48 hours before the start of the general elections in Nigeria.
Criminal Investigator, Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police however told the HS news outlet that the Keskusrikospoliisi (KRP), the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Finland had a police operation in a private apartment in the centre of Lahti.
Reen said the operation was connected to an ongoing preliminary investigation.
He did not comment further on the matter.
Recall that Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs had recently summoned the Finnish Ambassador to Nigeria, Leena Pylvanainen, over threats by the Biafra agitator, to stop the 2023 general election in Nigeria’s south-east.
Nigerians all over the world had also signed a petition appealing to the Finnish government, Nigerian Government and the European Union to arrest Ekpa, alleged to be behind the sit-at-home order in the South-East.
More to follow…