• Accuses Finland of backing terrorism

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Christopher Musa, has called for the arrest and prosecution of Simon Ekpa, a prominent figure within the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Ekpa, a self-proclaimed disciple of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained IPOB leader, has been issuing sit-at-home orders from his base in Finland.

During a Channels Television special broadcast to mark Nigeria’s 2024 Democracy Day, General Musa accused the Finnish government of providing support to Ekpa, who claims to be the prime minister of the IPOB.

“We have repeatedly complained about the issue of Simon Ekpa,” Musa stated. “He is in Finland, and the Finnish government is giving him all the support, and he is doing what he is doing. The comments he is making mean people are being killed and nothing is being done. This is democracy.”

In February 2023, the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat reported Ekpa’s arrest at his residence in Lahti. However, he was released after a few hours of questioning. Ekpa has a history of using disinformation to advocate for the secession of Nigeria’s southeast, as profiled by TheCable in December 2021. He has also renounced Nigeria and vowed to return a medal he won at the 2003 African Junior Athletics Championships.

General Musa emphasized the need for decisive action and urged the Nigerian federal government to explore diplomatic channels to address the situation.

“If the European Union is supporting democracy and this is happening and they are not taking action, then they don’t mean well for Nigeria,” Musa argued. “We need to diplomatically find means of getting him out of whatever it is that he is doing. He must be arrested, and he must be prosecuted.”

Drawing a comparison, Musa questioned, “Assuming he is in Nigeria, he is doing that to the Finnish government. Do you think the European Union will allow that to happen? They definitely will not.”

The CDS’s remarks underscore the growing tension and the urgent call for international cooperation to address the activities of the IPOB faction led by Simon Ekpa.

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