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Itunnu Babalola buried in Ibadan amidst tears  

Ibadan, Dec. 4,2021:

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has reassured the family of late Itunnu Babalola, a Nigerian who died in Cote d’Ivoire prison, that the Federal Government of Nigeria will give necessary support to ease the burden of losing a breadwinner in a family.

The NIDCOM Boss gave the promise in a telephone conversation with the father of Itunnu,  Mr Emmanuel Babalola, after the burial, in his home in Ibadan.

She insisted that justice must be served even in death and that full autopsy would be carried out and documented.

Mr. Emmanuel Babalola, father to Itunnu a.k.a Becky Paul commended the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nigerian Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) for their untiring efforts to ensure that Itunnu Babalola received justice.

However, the remains of Itunnu Babalola a.k.a Becki Paul touched down at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos on air Cote d’Ivoire at about 11:30 pm, Friday December 3, 2021.

The Nigerian Mission Delegation in Cote D’Ivoire upon arrival in Lagos, handed over the body of Itunnu Babalola to a NiDCOM delegation led by Mr. Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NiDCOM.

The NIDCOM delegation moved the body to Ibadan on December 4, 2021 for internment at the Sango Cemetery in Ibadan after a Service of Songs by the Celestial Church of Christ.

It would be recalled that Itunnu Babalola while in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire heard her home was burgled and reported the matter to the police but the case turned against her, as she was accused of human trafficking and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Through the intervention of Nigerian Mission in Cote d’Ivoire, the sentence was commuted to 10 years.

It was not long afterwards that Itunnu Babalola died while in prison in mysterious circumstances.

According to autopsy report as presented by the Nigerian Mission, Itunnu Babalola died of Sepsis, a respiratory disease condition.



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