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UK court jails Nigerian student over terrorism threat

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A 26-year-old Nigerian Master’s student, Somtochukwu Okwuoha, studying international energy studies at Dundee University in Scotland, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for making terrorism threats against staff and students, as reported by BBC.

The Peth Sheriff Court found Okwuoha guilty of the charges, including claiming to have a military background and threatening to make bombs and release a deadly virus in the city. 

After arriving in the United Kingdom in 2021, he asserted that he had enlisted the support of the terror group ISIS to bomb the university and revealed plans for a chemical attack on the city.

Okwuoha, facing deportation after serving his sentence, targeted a fellow female student who rejected his advances, leading to his suspension from the course. 

He then turned his threats towards university staff, with accusations of mass murder, terrorism, and the use of biological weapons.

Sheriff William Wood stated, “Your presence in the United Kingdom is not conducive to the public good, and I make a recommendation for your deportation in due course.”

The charges against Okwuoha included threatening to murder university staff, committing terrorist crimes between December 2021 and June 2022, planning mass murder, using biological weapons, revealing staff details to international authorities, and claiming to have planted bombs at Dundee University. 

Witnesses, including a retired director of student services, testified about serious concerns and received emails containing terrorist threats, with one threat mentioning a massive bomb explosion at the University of Dundee and contacting ISIS for assistance.

“Expect a massive bomb explosion at the University of Dundee. I have contacted ISIS terrorists to plant bombs on campus.

“I can assure you staff and students will die in great numbers. 9/11 will be a joke compared to what will happen.

“Blood will spill and flesh will be scattered,” another witness stated.

Accommodation officer Shane Taylor revealed that Okwuoha accused him of racism and expressed plans to wipe out Scottish people as revenge. 

The court found Okwuoha guilty of threatening to behead police officers and detonate bombs planted at Dundee University, with explicit details of violence and harm.

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