The British police have arrested and quizzed the President of Young Yorubas for Freedom (YYF) secessionist group, in London over his social media posts against some ethnic groups in Nigeria.
Adeyinka Grandson, a UK-based Nigerian of Yoruba descent, is known for his social media attacks on people of Igbo extraction as well as criticism of the Hausa-Fulani.
He started with a video which has gone viral loudly calling out the Igbo tribe claiming they are responsible for the destruction of Lagos State and ordering them to quit the Yorubaland in 48 hours.
On Tuesday, the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command arrested Grandson for allegedly “stirring racial discrimination” against the Igbo and Fulani ethnic groups and also “encouraging terrorism”.
After being grilled for nine hours, Grandson denied any involvement in terrorism or encouraging racial hatred and said YYF only supports the return of Nigeria to the regional system.
He was granted bail on the evening of his arrest while his passport, two Google phones, one Apple MacBook laptop computer, one tablet, a hard drive, and a draft copy of his new book were seized.
Among the conditions for his bail include are: he must sleep and live at his home address only and can’t access, use, or post on Facebook, Youtube, Tumblr, or the website linked to the YYF.
He was asked to return to the police on September 2 for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Regina Daniel Nwoko’s mother, Rita Daniels has reacted to the 48 hours ultimatum given to Igbos to leave Lagos and all other South-West States in Nigeria.
In a swift reaction, Daniels has penned her thoughts on the ethnic crisis brewing in Nigeria.
In a video of the ultimatum, she wrote, “WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT SHOULD MAKE US WISER!
“The President threat or speech yesterday broke us but thought us many hard lessons.
“We protested for 12 days without vandalisation12 days of rejecting bribe,12 days of caring and looking out for each other.12 days of giving free medical care and legal services, Brands, both national and international Celebrities, Churches all protested… influencial people were lobbied to add their voice…
“At the protest grounds, the Christians gave room for the Muslims to have their Jumat prayers.
The Christians had their service on Sunday…
“There was a candlelight service held all over the nation for fallen heroes,Youths despite the hard economy spent their personal money cooking for each other.
“No one knew who was a Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, or Edo… We ate together and danced together.
“For 12 days, These were organised without a formal leader with just social media tweets, retweets, post, shares with a hashtag.
“They know if we’re united we would have one voice, If we have one voice, we have power.And if we have that power… WE WOULD DEMAND A BETTER NIGERIA.
“If we’re united and not fighting how would they budget money for security to calm insurgency? How will they create religious fights and make money?
“So they sponsored hoodlums to disrupt the protest… But we overpowered these hoodlums by getting our own private securities and security dogs to protest grounds.
When the military who were ordered by “Powers beyond their control” to shoot,
When the guns were fired,
“They didn’t care who was a Muslim or Christian,They didn’t care who was Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa, Calabar or Urhobo.
“They killed unarmed people sitting down and singing the anthem.
But when they want to instigate tribal wars and religious unrest, they remind you of your tribe and religion,
“When they want to make use of you for their selfish gain, they tell you to unite and take side with “your people” they remind you that you should be one.
Do you all remembered.”