UK jails Nigerian four years for instigating violence against Igbo

Adeyinka Shoyemi, 45, of Powis Terrace in Notting Hill, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison for inciting racial hate with inflammatory tweets advocating violence in Nigeria.

Shoyemi, also known as Adeyinka Grandson, of Powis Terrace in Notting Hill, was originally brought to the notice of UK counter-terror police in March 2019 when members of the public alerted them to posts in Nigeria targeting specific ethnic groups.

The messages, uploaded by accounts under the name ‘Adeyinka Grandson,’ were evaluated by a specialist group of police in the Met’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit, according to the UK-based Evening Standard on Friday.

They found the posts, which had commentary encouraging attacks against certain ethnic groups, especially the Igbo, were in potential breach of the law and launched a probe.

He was first arrested at his home address in August 2019, with officers searching three properties linked to him and seizing various digital devices.

Shoyemi was initially charged with six counts of inciting racial hatred and he was released on bail with a condition not to post any more social media posts which were threatening, abusive or insulting to any ethnic groups.

But he was later rearrested after he flouted his bail conditions to make more of the posts.

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