Man calling for mass killing of Igbo people in ‘Yoruba land’ arrested in Osun

THE Osun State police command has arrested Kehinde Adesogba Adekusibe, a 28-year-old man, for allegedly making threats against the Igbo residing in Nigeria’s South-West.

Adekusibe had in May 2023, in his now-deleted Twitter post, called for the summary killing of all people of the Igbo extraction.

Although he later apologised, his comments generated intense anger online, with many calling for his arrest and prosecution to deter others.

In a statement on Friday, June 16, the command’s spokesperson, Opalola Yemisi Olawoyin, confirmed that the suspect had been arrested on Thursday, June 15.

Olawoyin, stating that the command swooped into action after it had received a report about the suspect’s comments, explained that his tweet violated the country’s social media policy on hate speech.



    She stated, “On 18th May 2023, the suspect, Kehinde Adekusibe, tweeted on his Twitter handle, ‘Let’s kill all the Igbos. Let’s flush them out of Yoruba lands. I hate these people with a passion. They are violent people. They are the worst. They hate us. Let’s hate them without holding back.

    “Immediately the police command received the report, police detectives from the cybercrime section at SCID Osogbo swung into action and through intelligence-led investigation, the suspect was arrested at Ilesa, where he hibernated.”

    She added that the suspect had confessed to the crime and would be charged in court after the conclusion of the investigation.

    The Force spokesperson, Abuja, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, also confirmed the arrest in a statement on Twitter.

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