President of the Young Yoruba for Freedom (YYF) Adeyinka Grandson was convicted in London on a charge of racial hatred against the Igbo, Fulani and the English, the acting head of the group has said.
Dimeji Akere claimed in a broadcast on the YYF Facebook page on Wednesday that Mr Grandson put up a great defence during trial.
“Our president defended himself to the extent that the prosecutor was devastated, depressed and wanted to bring on another lawyer but the judge said that he must complete the trial,” he said.
“However the jury that they brought, a 12-man jury found him guilty of racial hatred against the Igbo, Fulani and the English.
“In all the videos that Adeyinka Grandson has done, there was never a time he spoke about going to other people’s land, everything that we want to do is in Yoruba land. The jury convicted him based on only one video.”
Mr Akere added that the final judgement on the case will be given on January 7, 2022.
Grandson was first arrested in August 2019 by the Scotland Yard Counter Terrorism Command, London, and the Metropolitan Police under the approval of the Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London.
He was charged for “stirring racial discrimination” and “encouraging terrorism.”
Grandson had allegedly called for the killing of the Igbo people residing in Yoruba land for not voting candidates which top south-west politicians wanted in the 2019 general elections.