Adeyinka’s grandson convicted and jailed in UK for inciting violence against the Igbos in Nigeria.

Adeyinka Shoyemi, popularly known as Adeyinka grandson was on Thursday sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for encouraging violence and racial hatred against an ethnic group in Nigeria
by Southwark Crown Court in the United Kingdom.

Adeyinka Grandson

The 45-year-old was arrested in August 2019 after a series of social media posts created by accounts named “Adeyinka Grandson” were reported to police via the online reporting tool.
The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command launched an investigation in March 2019 as a direct result of members of the public raising concerns to the police about online social media posts which contained comments aimed at particular ethnic groups based in Nigeria (The Igbos)

The posts which had a commentary encouraging attacks against the Igbos were assessed by a specialist group of officers in the Metropolitan Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit (CTIRU). After assessing the posts, the officers determined these posts were potentially in breach of UK legislation and a formal investigation was launched.

Shoyemi was first arrested in August 2019 at his home address. Officers searched his address, along with two others in London that he was associated with, and recovered various digital devices. He was released on bail while detectives carried out further enquiries and analyzed the devices seized. He was charged in May 2020 with six counts of inciting racial hatred.

After being charged, he was released on bail with conditions not to make any comments or posts on social media which were threatening, abusive or insulting, to any ethnic groups.

Two further charges were added as a result. He was found guilty on 30 November 2021 of eight counts of inciting racial hatred after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Shoyemi’s posts, which had commentary encouraging attacks against Igbo ethnic groups, were in potential breach of the law and launched a probe.

Shoyemi had on his social media pages targeted Igbos nationals who do not agree with his ideology.

He had also said Igbo and Fulani people are the cause of the woes in Yorubaland, and they are killing the Yorubas and raping their children. He had one time incited Yoruba boys in Nigeria to evict the Igbos out of Lagos.

During the #EndSARS in October 2020, Shoyemi claimed that most officers of the police unit were Fulanis and Igbos who used their positions to kill Yorubas.

Commander Richard Smith, Head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said, “Our Counter-Terrorism Internet Referral Unit – the first of its kind to be established anywhere in the world – was instrumental in identifying Shoyemi and his activity.

He said the CTIRU has for over ten years, been at the forefront of getting harmful content removed from the internet and detecting and investigating potential terrorist-related activity online.

He also encouraged anyone who comes across material or posts that could be related to terrorism or violent extremist activity to report it to the police.

However, in October 2020, he was rearrested by officers after he made further offending social media posts whilst on bail.

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