Connect with us

Metro

Itunu Babalola Death: Reaction as Nigerian lady wrongfully jailed in Ivory Coast dies

Published

 

on

Itunu Babalola Death: Nigerian Lady Wrongfully Jailed In Ivory Coast Dies

Nigerians have taken to social media to express deep anger over the death of a wrongfully jailed Nigerian lady, Itunu Babalola.

Itunu Babalola Death: Nigerian Lady Wrongfully Jailed In Ivory Coast Dies

According to reports, 21-year-old Babalola from Oyo State was a trader based in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire. Her apartment had been burgled by an Ivorian in September 2019 and she had reported the incident to the police but DPO informed her that the suspect was his nephew. He reportedly offered her a settlement worth roughly N100,000 to drop the case, an amount lesser than the N300,000 worth of stolen effects.

Itunu Babalola Biography

Babalola was subsequently arrested when she refused the settlement, charged to court for human trafficking and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A journalist, David Hundeyin, had shared the story of Babalola on Twitter in March 2021 and the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission had said it was working to prove the innocence of Babalola.

NIDCOM, headed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had confirmed that the lady was charged and incarcerated for a crime she didn’t commit.

“Following painstaking investigations by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, it is now confirmed that Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian living in Abidjan was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she did not commit.

“Plans are underway to engage the services of a legal luminary to prove the innocence of Itunu Babalola at the Court of Appeal after the accused had spent two years out of a ten-year jail term for an offence she did not commit,” the commission had promised in a statement.

However, many Nigerians were shocked on Sunday night when Hundeyin, who had been following the case, gave serial updates that Babalola’s contracted an infection in the Ivorian prison. The journalist uploaded photos of the young lady in an emergency situation being attended to on a stretcher by medical personnel.

  Reps probe alleged killing of five persons in Oyo by Customs officials

Some were gutted that eight months after NIDCOM promised to ensure justice was served on the matter and secure the lady’s freedom, Babalola still remained behind bars in the Francophone West African nation.

Many were equally heartbroken when Hundeyin announced hours later that the young lady gave up the ghost.

“I have just received a message from Cote d’Ivoire about Itunu Babalola. She is still in prison in Abidjan where she has contracted a serious infection and apparently she is dying. All those promises by NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, OYSG etc – audio. She’s finally dying,” Hundeyin wrote.

“Itunu is dead. She died this night. Just confirmed,” he later tweeted.

His post attracted over 1,100 retweets and over 3,500 comments as of press time, with many berating NIDCOM for allegedly neglecting the lady.

@DavidHundeyin stated, “Nigeria does absolutely nothing for the citizens, especially southerners but expects the citizens to love the country and uphold some magical patriotism. RIP Itunu. So sorry to her family.”

@DrOlufunmilayo tweeted, “This same govt that abandoned Itunu to die will suddenly arrange and pay huge money to transport her corpse home. Money they never had to save her from jail. Energy they never had to fight for her. The money they never had to treat her.”

“Someone needs to call out that country’s judicial system! Someone needs to call out Nigerian Govt who can’t help their citizens home or abroad,” @DanielRegha demanded.

“Nowadays, I just feel so sorry for every Nigerian, including those in diaspora! We’re in a lot of trouble! The system failed us!” @Petraandra2 lamented.

Another tweet, @fvckgotti, called out the NIDCOM chair, “@abikedabiri, you once stated this girl is in safe hands. you tweeted the foreign affiars ministry were on deck to Abidjan to save this lady. I’m not quite surprised when even in our own country, we fall prey/victim of circumstance not to talk of needing help when we are away. Damn Broken heart.”

I've been a freelance web developer and blogger for a while now and have a passion for both. Like most men, I'm a football lover; I prefer playing to watching matches.Personally, I believe with dedication there's no limit to what we can achieve. Yes, we all have the power and ability to do that.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Metro

Registrar: John Lyon not UNICAL graduate

Published

 

on

Police nab two hired to kill 85-year-old man

Metro News Happening In Nigeria Today

The University of Calabar, UNICAL, on Wednesday said that the alleged kidnapper, John Ewa, popularly called “John Lyon” was not a graduate of the institution.

A statement issued in Calabar by the Registrar of the institution, Mr Gabriel Egbe, said that the university’s management stumbled on the media report with dissatisfaction and described it as fallacious.

  Reps probe alleged killing of five persons in Oyo by Customs officials

Recall that Ewa was arrested in connection with kidnapping activities by the Bayelsa Police Command and was subsequently paraded before the media.

“The said John Ewa was never a student of the university, neither did he graduate from the institution.

“We urge members of the public to discountenance any information linking John Ewa to our prestigious university,” Egbe said in the statement.

Continue Reading

Metro

Gunmen attack police station in Oyo

Published

 

on

Police nab two hired to kill 85-year-old man

Metro News Happening In Nigeria Today

Gunmen have attacked the Igangan Police station in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Newsmen gathered that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Adebowale Williams, and his men are at the scene of the attack as of the time of filing this report.

Please go to Xtra.net for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in Nigeria & world news, business, politics, sports and pop culture.

  Reps probe alleged killing of five persons in Oyo by Customs officials

The incident happened last night with reports suggesting that a Divisional Crime Officer and a suspect who was in detention were killed in the process.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Adewale Osifeso, had earlier confirmed the incident, saying the CP was on his way to the affected police station.

  Kaduna: Suspected bandits kill five, burn nine houses, three vehicles in Madamai village

Please go to https://e. to discover lesser-known facts that matter to you including those that shape the world, and find out how you are connected.

Ibarapa has been in the news over clashes between farmers and herders.

Continue Reading

Metro

Rally: Court orders Peter Obi’s supporters not to converge at Lekki toll gate

Published

 

on

Police nab two hired to kill 85-year-old man

Metro News Happening In Nigeria Today

The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Labour Party and its supporters not to converge at the Lekki toll gate for its #Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally billed to hold on the 1st of October, 2020.

The court also directed the Inspector General of Police and the Lagos State Police Commissioner to ensure compliance with the order.

Please go to for breaking news, videos, and the latest top stories in Nigeria & world news, business, politics, sports and pop culture.

Justice Daniel Osiagor made these orders today while ruling on a motion for injunction brought by 10 plaintiffs, who are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally.

  Reps probe alleged killing of five persons in Oyo by Customs officials

The court also held that the while the rally cannot stop at the Lekki toll gate, it can pass through the venue to access Falomo Bridge and other venues at which the rally plans to meet.

A preliminary objection filed by the defendants seeking to stop the court from hearing the motion on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction could however not been entertained as all parties to the suit had not been served.

The court adjourned hearing of the substantive suit to Nov 4th.

In the suit, 10 plaintiffs through their Romeo Ese Michael, Esq. are asking the court to, among others, restrain the LP, its presidential candidate Peter Obi, his vice Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed, one Julius Abure and their loyalists from holding the rally, until the hearing and determination of their Motion-On-Notice of September 12, 2022.

  Kaduna: Suspected bandits kill five, burn nine houses, three vehicles in Madamai village

Please go to https://e. to discover lesser-known facts that matter to you including those that shape the world, and find out how you are connected.

The plaintiffs are Adedotun Ajulo Esq., Salamatu Suleiman Lewi Esq., Hakeem Ijaduola, Esq., Ogunbona Akinpelu Esq., Owolabi K. Oluwasegun, Esq., Mogbojuri Kayode Esq., Wuyep Mantim Nadom Esq., Dimimu Mabel, Esq., Kolawole Salami, Esq. and Mr. Wale Abe Lawrence.

The 1st to 10th defendants are Obi, LP, Baba-Ahmed, Abure, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Commissioner of Police (Lagos State Command), Director-General (Department of State Services), Lekki Concession Company (LCC) Limited, Attorney-General of Lagos State and The Governor of Lagos State.

In the substantive suit, the plaintiffs are arguing among other things that a repeat or celebration of the “infamous” EndSARS protest of 2020 under the political guise of “#Obidatti23 Forward Ever Rally” will cause a breakdown of peace and will result in post-traumatic stress disorder for them and the public.

Continue Reading

Latest Posts

xiaomi smart band 7 pro launched xiaomi smart band 7 pro launched
TechOctober 4, 2022

Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro with a Big AMOLED Display Launched Globally

Xiaomi, alongside the Xiaomi 12T series, has introduced the new Smart Band 7 Pro globally. The smart band, which is...

jio true 5G network announced jio true 5G network announced
TechOctober 4, 2022

Jio Announces Beta Trial of True Jio 5G in Four Major Cities

After showcasing its True 5G services at IMC 2022, Jio has now announced its beta trial for Jio users on...

Were not commencing lectures next week – Plateau varsity ASUU Were not commencing lectures next week – Plateau varsity ASUU
EducationOctober 4, 2022

We’re not commencing lectures next week – Plateau varsity ASUU dissociates self from purported resumption

The Plateau State University Bokkos (PLASU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has denied rumours that classes...

Peter Obi fumes over supporter’s alleged attack, arrest in Lagos Peter Obi fumes over supporter’s alleged attack, arrest in Lagos
PoliticsOctober 4, 2022

Peter Obi fumes over supporter’s alleged attack, arrest in Lagos

Peter Obi, a leading 2023 presidential candidate, has condemned an alleged attack on Labour Party supporters in Lagos State. On...

BREAKING: Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday BREAKING: Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday
HeadlinesOctober 4, 2022

Buhari to present 2023 budget to NASS Friday

Naija News President Muhammadu Buhari will present the N19.76trillion 2023 Appropriation bill before the Senate and the House of Representatives...

nothing ear stick launch date announced nothing ear stick launch date announced
TechOctober 4, 2022

Nothing Ear (stick) Launch Confirmed for October 26

Nothing recently teased its second earbuds called the Ear (stick), giving us an inkling that the launch will happen soon....

"I'm not a friendly person" - Bella on whether her relationship with Sheggz shielded her or not (Video) "I'm not a friendly person" - Bella on whether her relationship with Sheggz shielded her or not (Video)
Big Brother NaijaOctober 4, 2022

“I’m not a friendly person”

BBNaija Season 7 ex-housemate, Bella has cleared the narrative that Sheggz shielded her personality during the show. While on the...

Nick Kyrgios Nick Kyrgios
All Sports NewsOctober 4, 2022

Tennis star Kyrgios faces two-year jail over assault charge

Nick Kyrgios’ lawyers will apply for the tennis star’s assault charge to be dismissed on mental health grounds, an Australian court was...

BREAKING: Federal Govt sues Meta, seeks 30bn penalty BREAKING: Federal Govt sues Meta, seeks 30bn penalty
HeadlinesOctober 4, 2022

Federal Govt sues Meta, seeks 30bn penalty

Naija News The Advertising Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON) has lodged a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja, against...

Stampede: Watchdog faults police’s tear-gassing Indonesia football fans Stampede: Watchdog faults police’s tear-gassing Indonesia football fans
All Sports NewsOctober 4, 2022

Stampede: Watchdog faults police’s tear-gassing Indonesia football fans

An internal oversight official on Tuesday said Indonesian police wrongly used tear gas inside a soccer stadium to disperse rioting...

Trending

Copyright © 2022 Naija News 247 - Breaking Nigeria Newspaper News For Today