Nigerian man living in UK bags almost 5yrs jail term for inciting racial hatred and encouraging violence in Nigeria on social media

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A Nigerian man Adeyinka Shoyemi has been handed a four-and-a-half-year in prison for encouraging violence and racial hatred against an ethnic group in Nigeria.

The man reportedly created a fake account named “Adeyinka Grandson” to propagate his agenda but luck run out for him when he was reported to police via the online reporting tool.

A report by Instablog9ja furthered that the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command launched an investigation in March 2019 as a direct result of members of the public raising concerns to police about online social media posts which contained comments aimed at particular ethnic groups based in Nigeria.

The posts which had a commentary encouraging attacks against certain ethnic groups 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.

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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.

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

Information from Instablog9ja was also used in this report.

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