Simon Ekpa , a prominent Biafran separatist and IPOB leader, has been arrested in Finland two days prior to Nigeria’s general elections .
According to a Finland news outlet HS, the police escorted the separatist out of his apartment in Lahti on Thursday.
Criminal Investigator, Tommi Reen from the Central Criminal Police 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.
Nigeria had asked Finland to intervene in Ekpa’s activities. Last week, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Godfrey Onyeama invited the Finnish ambassador, Leena Pylvänäinen to a meeting.
Simon Ekpa had in recent years spoken against the unity of the country, insisting the Republic of Biafra must be achieved.
The arrest comes as Mr Ekpa intensifies an attempt to frustrate the Nigerian presidential elections scheduled for February 25.