“He planned to wipe out Scottish people as revenge for racism,” witness says as Nigerian student bags 40months jail term in UK over terrorism threat


A Nigerian student of international energy studies at Dundee University, Scotland, Somtochukwu Okwuoha, has been sentenced to 40 months in prison over terrorism threats.

In a report by the BBC on Friday, a Peth Sheriff Court found the 26-year-old Nigerian Master’s student guilty of making terrorism threats against staff and students at the school and committing terrorist crimes between December 2021 and June 2022. He will also be deported, the sheriff ruled.

Witnesses had reportedly revealed how the student who arrived in the United Kingdom in 2021, claimed to have a military background and was capable of making bombs and unleashing a deadly virus on the city stating that he had enlisted the terror group, ISIS, to help bomb the university and told staff of his plan to target the city in a chemical attack.

Okwuoha, a prisoner at Perth, was also found guilty of threatening to behead police officers and detonate bombs he had planted at Dundee University.

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

“You were abusive towards her and tried to have her removed from her university course,” after he had threatened a fellow female student who refused his advances.

“The university decided to suspend you from your course and you turned your attention towards staff.

“You threatened mass murder, terrorism, said you would plant bombs and use biological weapons,” the charge read.

Relatedly, a witness, Keith Mackle, 58, now a retired director of student services, told Perth Sheriff Court he became aware of “serious concerns” in the autumn of 2021.

He said staff members received emails making terrorist threats.

“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, told the court Okwuoha accused him of being racist and said he planned to wipe out Scottish people as revenge.

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