United Kingdom court has jailed Yoruba activist Adeyinka Grandson, Adeyinka Shoyemi for attacks on Igbos and others
For posting inflammatory messages encouraging violence in Nigeria, a Nigerian living in west London has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison.
Adeyinka Shoyemi, 45, of Powis Terrace in Notting Hill, was sentenced by the Southwark Crown Court after being arrested twice for the crime.
Shoyemi was first brought to the attention of anti-terror police in March 2019, after members of the public alerted them to his social media posts allegedly targeting specific ethnic groups in Nigeria.
A specialist group of officers in the Met’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit assessed the messages, which were posted by accounts under the name ‘Adeyinka Grandson’ (CTIRU).
They discovered the posts, which included commentary encouraging attacks against specific ethnic groups, were potentially illegal and launched an investigation.
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Officers searched three properties linked to him and seized various digital devices when he was first arrested in August 2019 at his home address.
Shoyemi was charged with six counts of inciting racial hatred, but she was released on bail with the condition that she not make any more social media posts that were threatening, abusive, or insulting to any ethnic groups.
He was later re-arrested after breaking his bail conditions in order to make more posts. As a result, two more charges of inciting racial hatred were added.
On Thursday, Shoyemi was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. On November 30, he was found guilty of eight counts of inciting racial hatred.
“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,” said Richard Smith, the head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command.
“For the past ten years, the CTIRU has been at the forefront of removing harmful content from the internet and detecting and investigating potential terrorist-related online activity.
“We continue to rely on the public’s assistance and support, and I would encourage anyone who comes across material or posts that may be linked to terrorism or violent extremist activity to report it to us so that our specialist officers can take appropriate action.”
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