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Finnish Central Criminal Police Arrest Notorious IPOB Autopilot Leader Simon Ekpa

The self-styled spokesperson of autopilot version of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Simon Ekpa, has been arrested in his home in Finland. The Separatist leader has been fingered as being the arrowhead of several killings by ‘Unknown Gunmen’, a dangerous armed militia responsible for the deaths of several people and even public officials in the South-East.

Ekpa, a self-acclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), rose to prominence in July 2021 after he was announced as the lead broadcaster of Radio Biafra. The Finland-based activist was appointed to replace Kanu at Radio Biafra following the re-arrest of the IPOB leader by the federal government. After some weeks, IPOB announced Ekpa’s disengagement, citing his refusal to sign the rules of engagement of Radio Biafra.

Ekpa was picked up from his Apartment in Lahti region of Finland by officers from the Finnish Central Criminal Police on Thursday morning. Ekpa, a local paper said was invited to explain what his separatism and opposition to the elections is all about. He, however, didn’t open the door. A neighbour who was running late opened the door to the staircase. According to HS, a Finnish-based newspaper, “Simon Ekpa was escorted out of the apartment by plainclothes policemen. “CRIMINAL INSPECTOR Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police confirms to HS newspaper on the phone that on Thursday, 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.


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