Defence Headquarters Declares Simon Ekpa of IPOB and 96 Others Wanted

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The Defence Headquarters in Abuja has taken decisive action by declaring one of the leaders of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Simon Ekpa, as wanted.

Ekpa’s name was published on a list alongside 96 others, reflecting a comprehensive effort to address terrorism, violent extremism, and secessionist threats against the state.

The Defence Headquarters, in a banner displaying the pictures of the suspects, announced the declaration of 97 individuals wanted for terrorism, violent extremism, and secessionist threats against the state.

The Director of Defence Media Operations, Major General Edward Buba, has confirmed the names and pictures of the individuals declared wanted.

A breakdown of the wanted persons reveals a diverse range of threats, with 43 individuals declared wanted in the North-West Zone, known for its struggles with banditry and kidnapping. Names such as Alhaji Shingi and Malindi Yakubu highlight the gravity of the situation in this region.

The wanted persons, terrorists/ bandits and insurgents commanders are from the North East, North West, North Central and South-East zones.

Moreover,Banner containing the names of the 97 wanted persons A breakdown of the wanted persons shows that 43 were declared wanted in North-West Zone plagued by banditry, and kidnapping among others.

Moreso,Some names from the zone include bandits/terrorists leaders such as Alhaji Shingi; Malindi Yakubu; Boka ; Dogo Gide; Halilu Sububu; Ado Aliero ; Bello Turji; Dan Bokkolo; Labi Yadi ; Nagala; Saidu Idris; Kachalla Rugga and Sani Gurgu.

Similarly, in the North East, 33 persons, including terrorist commanders, have been declared wanted.

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Moving to the North-Central and South-East zones, 21 insurgents, militants, and violent criminals have been declared wanted. Among them is Simon Ekpa.

In February 2023, just days before the presidential and national assembly elections, Simon Ekpa, residing in Finland, was arrested after threatening that the elections would not take place in the South-East.

Ekpa was apprehended by the police at his residence in the Lahti area, as reported by the Finnish paper Helsingin Sanomat.

However,The separatist had repeatedly declared that there would be no elections in the South-East region and advocated for a weekly sit-at-home protest to demand the release of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu.

Meanwhile,Despite Ekpa’s activities, IPOB distanced itself from him, even as he was scheduled for an interview before his arrest. Although later released, Ekpa remains highly active on social media, using the platform to promote pro-Biafran messages.

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