On Thursday, Nigerians at home and abroad started signing a petition urging the Federal Government of Nigeria, the European Union, and Finland to detain Simon Ekpa, a self-described follower of Nnamdi Kanu.
The petition’s main argument was that Ekpa’s directive for people of the South-East region to observe the sit-at-home exercise led to attacks on and killings of innocent Nigerians by enforcers who were reportedly unknown gunmen.
A member of the Indigenous People of Biafra who lives in Finland instructed the South-East in a widely shared video to observe a sit-at-home protest from December 9–14, 2022.
The spokesperson for IPOB, Emma Powerful, disregarded the directive and urged people to go about their daily lives and boycott sit-at-home days.
Nigerians are signing a petition to arrest Ekpa for “terrorism and genocide” out of anger as a result.
The petition read: “We call on the Finnish Government, EU, The Nigerian Government to arrest Mr. Simon Ekpa, and investigate all his heinous crimes and terror activities in Eastern Nigeria.
“One Simon Ekpa (also known as Ifeanyi Njoku), a Nigerian living in Finland, and holding Finnish citizenship, has by proxies, successfully established and coordinated an armed rebel group in Eastern Nigeria whom he now wields to destroy lives, property, and businesses in Eastern Nigeria.
“He’s been seen countless times, using his media platforms in Finland to issue orders to his armed goons in Eastern Nigeria to launch deadly attacks on millions of people in the region for flouting his sit-at-home orders.
“Simon is a separatist fighting for state secession but has never been brave enough to come home and lead the war from the front in Nigeria.
“He is rather igniting and fueling terror on his ethnic group who decline his call for secession.
“Simon’s action is stirring up bloodbath – a genocide in the region, and innocent women, children, the aged and youths are the victims dying everyday.
“Sign the petition, and share it everywhere, to call on the Finnish Government, EU, The Nigerian Government to arrest Mr. Simon Ekpa, and investigate all his heinous crimes and terror activities in Eastern Nigeria.”
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