UK Court Jails Adeyinka Grandson, ‘Yoruba Supremacist’, Over Attacks On Igbo, Fulani


Adeyinka Shoyemi Grandson, a Yoruba supremacist based in West London, has been sent to jail to serve four-and-a-half years for inciting racial hatred and violence, through his racial inflammatory messages in Nigeria.

The messages he posted under the name ‘Adeyinka Grandson’, were assessed by a specialist investigative team at the Met’s Counter Terrorism Internet Referral Unit.

The 45-year old Grandson first came to the attention of counter-terror police in March 2019 following reports by members of the public against him, for targeting particular ethnic groups in Nigeria in his hate speeches.

His posts that had commentary encouraging attacks against certain ethnic groups, were in potential breach of the law and a probe was launched.

Grandson used his social media pages, to target Igbos and other nationals who do not agree with his ideology.

He accused Igbo and Fulani people of being the cause of the woes in Yorubaland, claiming that the other tribes were killing Yorubas and raping their children.

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

Grandson was first arrested at his home in August of 2019, and his residence searched by officers was initially charged with six counts of inciting racial hatred.

He was later released on bail and warned against posting any more social media posts which would threatening, abuse or insult any ethnic groups. He would disobey his bail conditions.

Grandson was then rearrested and two more inciting racial hatred charges were added.

On Thursday, Grandson was sentenced to spend four-and-a-half years’ behind bars. He was found guilty of eight counts of inciting racial hatred after a trial at Southwark Crown Court.

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 in 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.

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