Adeyinka Grandson, the leader of a pan Yoruba group called Young Yoruba for Freedom, YYF, was on August 6 arrested by Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command, the Special investigating arm of the British Police.
He was arrested and questioned for hours over allegations of spewing hate against the Igbo and Fulani in Nigeria, and for encouraging terrorism.
Grandson always criticise Igbos bitterly on his Facebook profile, especially Igbos living in the south west, accusing them of being the problem of Nigeria.
He is also a vitriolic critic of the Fulani race, whom he describes as the enemy of the Yorubas.
In a statement by the YYF seeking for assistance, Grandson has had his passport seized and had to resign his job as he is under serious surveillance
Read the statement as released by YYF
“THE BELOW STATEMENT IS WITH RESPECT TO THE YOUNG YORUBA FOR FREEDOM PRESIDENT (ADEYINKA GRANDSON)’S ARREST AND BAIL CONDITIONS. WE NEED THE CONSERVATIVES YORUBAS’ SUPPORT NOW THAN BEFORE”.
The arrest of Adeyinka Grandson by the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command:
1. On the 6th August 2019, three addresses in London, frequent by Adeyinka Grandson, the President of the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF), were searched by the London Metropolitan Police at 4:15am, 4:45am and 5:00am respectively. The searches were authorized by the Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
2. At precisely 5:35am, Adeyinka Grandson was arrested by the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command for the offences related to Terrorism and Public Order Acts. He was arrested by 35 Police officers with five vehicles and then brought to the Southwark Police Station Special Suite.
3. Adeyinka Grandson’s arrest was based on his YouTube videos, Facebook posts, Tumblr posts and a website linked with the name of the YYF, but does not belong to the YYF.
4. Adeyinka Grandson was interviewed by the Police from the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command for 9 hours. During the interview, he was accused of stirring up racial discrimination against the Ibo and the Fulani and for encouraging terrorism.
5. Adeyinka Grandson denied any involvement in or encouraging terrorism and racial hatred. He, nevertheless, maintained that the YYF supports the restructuring of Nigeria back to the regional system of government or the outright dissolution of the country. And that Young Yoruba all over the world are ready to defend the Yoruba’s civilization and make Yorubaland great again. He was granted a conditional bail at 9:15pm on the 6th August 2019.
6. As part of his bail conditions, he cannot access, use, or post on Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr or the website linked with the Young Yoruba for Freedom, which of course does not belong to the YYF. Adeyinka Grandson is expected to live and sleep at his home address only.
7. Adeyinka Grandson has not been charged for any crime. He is required to report back to the Police station on the 2nd September 2019. The Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF), has no idea what the Police plan to do with the allegations of terrorism and public order acts.
8. The Police has seized Adeyinka Grandson’s passport, two Google phones, one Apple MacBook laptop computer, one tablet, a Hard Drive and a draft copy of his new book expected to be published later in the year.
9. In the meantime, Adeyinka Grandson, will comply with his bail conditions. He has resigned from his job due to the seriousness of the allegations against him and to enable him prepare his defence if the matter goes to court. He requires our support more than before.