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FG demands autopsy of Itunu Babalola who died in Ivory-Coast prison

FG Demands Autopsy Of Late Itunu Who Died In Ivory-Coast Prison

FG demands autopsy of Itunu Babalola who died in Ivory-Coast prison

The Nigerian government has demanded a full autopsy on the sudden and mysterious death of Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Ivory Coast for alleged human trafficking.

This was contained in a statement signed by the chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

Dabiri-Erewa said she was informed of Itunu Babalola’s death on Monday afternoon. She described her death as a tragic blow at a time when the Nigerian mission in Ivory Coast had paid and engaged the services of a lawyer to handle Itunnu’s appeal case.

She said Itunu, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, did not commit the offence she was convicted for.

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Babalola had reportedly accused an Ivorian of a robbery at her residence and insisted on filing a case against him.

The accused who happens to be related to an Ivorian policeman asked her to drop the case, but she refused, according to Dabiri-Erewa.

She said Itunu went ahead to file charges against him and allegedly used a different name to file the case and somehow a case of robbery which she filed mysteriously turned to a case of human trafficking against her.

Dabiri-Erewa said the Nigerian mission in Cote Divoire supported by the Nigerian community got Itunu a lawyer to appeal the judgment while at the same time seeking diplomatic intervention from the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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The staff of the Nigeria mission had also visited Itunu in prison, a distance of over four hours from Abidjan.

Dabiri-Erewa disclosed that Itunu reportedly had complications from diabetes and was rushed to the hospital by the Nigerian mission.

“Unfortunately, she died suddenly after a few days of admission at the Hospital,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

The government official said Itunu’s death will not stop the appeal in court in order to vindicate her of the charges against her.

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