Authorities in Finland detained Simon Ekpa, a well-known pro-Biafra separatist agitator, on Thursday.
A Finnish news source, HS, said that the police led the separatist from his Lahti apartment.
According to the platform, they went to Ekpa’s house to interview him, but when they rang the separatist ring, the Finland police, KRP, answered, shocking them.
The HS said that the KRP told them to transfer the interview “to the future” and forbade their team from accessing Ekpa’s flat.
Ekpa’s detention was verified to The Punch on Thursday by a Finnish Embassy employee in Abuja who asked to remain anonymous.
“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.
Before his actual arrest on Thursday, Nigerians from all over the world signed a petition urging the governments of Finland, Nigeria, and the European Union to arrest Ekpa, the man responsible for the South-East sit-at-home order.
Ekpa, a self-described follower of Indigenous People of Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu, had repeatedly instructed the South-East population to observe a sit-at-home protest and to abstain from the nation’s federal elections scheduled for Saturday.
His repeated orders to stay at home have been accompanied by carnage and the devastation of local people’s lives and property by those who carry them out.
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