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

Recall that Naija News 247 reports the death of Ìtùnú Babalola, a Nigerian living in Ivory Coast and was jailed for the crime she didn’t commit.

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Who is Itunu Babalola?

Ìtùnú Babalola was a trader based in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire. Information gathered by Naija News 247 revealed she hailed from Oyo State, Nigeria. She is 21 year old.

why was Itunu Babalola imprisoned

Naija News 247 gathered that, Itunu’s apartment was burgled by an Ivorian on September 2019.

The suspect who was said to be related to an Ivorian police officer, made away with goods worth about three hundred thousand Naira (300, 000).

Itunu reported the case to a nearby police station, but the DPO who is an uncle to the suspect allegedly offered her N100,000 to drop the case.

Eager to have justice, Itunu went ahead to file charges against him and allegedly used a different name ( not her real name ) to file the case and somehow a case of robbery which she filed mysteriously turned to a case of human trafficking against her.

She was however, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Itunnu Babalola’s Case: NIDCOM’s Intervention

On hearing the case the Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, told Nigerians that she was working to prove the innocence of Ìtùnú.

According to her: “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”.

Abike in another statement opined that Nigerian mission in Côte Divoire paid and engaged the services of a lawyer to handle Itunnu’s appeal case.

“Unfortunately, Itunu died abruptly while all hands were on deck to seek both legal and diplomatic intervention for her by Nigeria.”

Nigerians reactions to Itunu Babalola’s Death

Nigerians have lambasted the federal government over its negligence and carelessness, especially as its regards the rights of citizens in and outside the country.

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Reacting via Twitter: @aproko_doctor: “What is painful about Itunu’s death is that the people who did nothing to secure her release will wake up iron their suits and go to work like nothing happened. No regard for life.”

@Elkrosmediahub: “Not like it isn’t right to blame Abike Dabiri (Chairman of the Nigerian in Diaspora Commission), for the death of Itunu, who was wrongfully accused of human trafficking in Cote D’voire, but why is the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama always exempted? Pouting facePouting face.”

@DrOlufunmilayo: “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. Money they never had to treat her. A lunatic country led by heartless animals.”

@DemolaRewaju: “Understand that every failure of Govt kills the Fire of Patriotism in Citizens, one candle at a time. Itunu Babalola didn’t just die alone – her death has snuffed out the light of hope in those who dared to believe that just maybe this time, Nigeria would turn up differently.”

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@OgbeniDipo: “I have just spent a few minutes reading about Itunu Babalola’s story. The anger on the TL against the federal government is justified. The consulate could have gotten her out. This is really very unfortunate.”

Federal Government Reaction to Itunu Babalola’s death

The Federal government of Nigeria, has on Monday reacted to the death of Itunnu. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations Unit, NIDCOM, in a statement sent to Vanguard demanded for a full investigation of Ìtùnú’s death.

In his statement titled: ‘Death of a Nigerian in Cote D’ivoire, FG demands for full investigation’, Balogun explained how NIDCOM had intervened on Ìtùnú’s case and plans to set her free.

Read the full statement below: “The Federal government of Nigeria has demanded for full autopsy on the sudden and mysterious death of Ìtùnú Babalola, a Nigerian, sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in Côte Divoire for alleged human trafficking.

“This was contained in a statement signed by the Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and released by the Commission’s Head of Media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun , which stated that Itunnu’s case was drawn to the attention of NIDCOM about five months ago.

“Dabiri-Erewa, described the death of Itunu as a tragic blow, at a time the Nigerian mission in Côte Divoire had paid and engaged the services of a lawyer to handle Itunnu’s appeal case.

“Unfortunately, Itunu died abruptly while all hands were on deck to seek both legal and diplomatic intervention for her by Nigeria.

“Itunu was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment for an offence she did not apparently commit.

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

“The accused who happens to be related to an Ivorian police man, asked her to drop the case, but she refused.

“Itunu went ahead to file charges against him and allegedly used a different name ( not her real name ) to file the case and somehow a case of robbery which she filed mysteriously turned to a case of human trafficking against her.

“She was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment while the Nigerian mission in Cote Divoire supported by the Nigerian community, got her a lawyer, paid part payment of legal fees for the lawyer, to appeal the judgment , while at the same time seeking diplomatic intervention from the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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

“While the appeal case was on, Itunu was said to have complications from diabetes and was rushed to the hospital.

“The fees for the treatment was paid by the Nigerian mission through the lawyer whose services were engaged by the mission, unfortunately, she died suddenly after a few days of admission at the Hospital.”

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We will review Appeal Court’s ruling, decide on next action – ASUU

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ASUU reacts to parents’ proposal to pay N10,000 per session to end prolonged strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has stated that it will review the Appeal Court’s decision ordering the union to end its strike in order to decide its course of action.

Naija News 247 had reported that the appeal court on Friday ordered the union to return to work as earlier ordered by the National Industrial Court with immediate effect.

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ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke told reporters in response to the new court ruling that the union has not yet received the Appeal Court decision in its entirety.

He stated that after receiving the verdict, the union would review the paperwork with its attorneys and determine its course of action.

He said, “We have not received the ruling, when we get it, we will review it with our lawyer and then we can take the next step”.

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Naija News 247 recalls that the Federal Government, following its inability to reach a truce with the university lecturer, dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court on September 11.

The court on September 24, ordered the striking lecturers to return to class while negotiation with the Federal Government continues.

Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellate court to appeal the ruling.

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Appeal court orders ASUU members to resume work immediately

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The Court of Appeal has ordered members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to end their eight-month-long strike immediately.

The court, however, granted the application on the condition that the union follow the lower court’s ruling and immediately call off the strike, pending the outcome of the substantive suit.

Following the lower court’s ruling, the court gave ASUU seven days to file an appeal.

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Naija News 247 reports that the National Industrial Court, on Sept. 21, ordered ASUU to call off the strike.

The court gave the order following a notice filed by the Federal Government urging the lecturers to return to classrooms.

In his decision on the interlocutory injunction, the trial judge, Justice Polycarp Hamman, restrained ASUU from continuing with the strike until the Federal Government’s suit against ASUU was resolved.

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Miffed by the ruling, the union headed to the appellant court to appeal the ruling.

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President Muhammadu Buhari lays the 2023 Appropriation Bill before a joint session of the National Assembly on Friday.

Buhari entered the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives, venue of the ceremony at 10:07am.

Naija News 247 had reported that Senate Present, Ahmed Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday said Buhari will  present the N19.76tn budget to the parliament at a ceremony scheduled to commence at 10am.

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There is heavy presence of personnel from military, paramilitary and safety agencies on the premises.

Men of the Nigerian Army, Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Department of State Services, Federal Road Safety Corps, Federal Fire Service and sergeants-at-arms were deployed for the special duty.

The security operatives have manned strategic points in and around the building, with stricter security checks on vehicles and persons entering the building.

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Select members of staff, essential service providers and journalists were issued tags to gain access into the premises.

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