Finnish Police Release Simon Ekpa Hours After Arrest

The factional leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa has been released by the Finnish police.

It was learnt that Ekpa was released by the Finnish police hours after he was arrested and grilled.

There had been reports that Finnish authorities on Thursday arrested him at his apartment in Lahti.

Ekpa was later released on Thursday evening after the police allegedly arrested him for a suspected crime in Finland.

The Finnish Central Criminal Police confirmed Ekpa’s release on Thursday, according to HS reports.

The police claimed that its operation in Lahti and the subsequent arrest of the pro-Biafra agitator were in connection with the ongoing preliminary investigation.

Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police told HS during a phone interview, “The person being questioned today is suspected of a crime. We will return to the title on Friday.”

Recall that an official of the Finnish Embassy in Abuja who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed Ekpa’s arrest to The PUNCH on Thursday.

The official who is not authorised to address the press said, “It is our understanding that he is currently in police custody in Finland.

“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”

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