FG demands investigation into death of Nigerian in Ivorian prison

Itunu Babalola, a 21-year-old Nigerian woman who died while serving a 20-year prison sentence in Côte D’ivoire, has been subjected to a comprehensive autopsy by the Federal Government.

Babalola is alleged to have died at a hospital on November 14 as a result of diabetes complications.

In a statement released today, November 15, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, described Itunu’s death as a devastating blow “at a time when the Nigerian embassy in Côte Divoire had paid and engaged the services of a lawyer to handle Itunnu’s appeal case.”

In the statement titled, ‘Death of a Nigerian in Cote D’ivoire: FG demands full investigation,’ Dabiri-Erewa lamented that Babalola passed away abruptly while efforts were ongoing to seek both legal and diplomatic intervention for her.

“The staff of the Nigerian 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 developed 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.

Her death, will, however, not stop the appeal in court in order to vindicate her of the charges against her” Dabiri-Erewa said

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