Home News Outrage as Nigerian girl ‘wrongfully jailed’ in Ivory Soar ‘dies’

Outrage as Nigerian girl ‘wrongfully jailed’ in Ivory Soar ‘dies’

by Good News

Published 15 November 2021

Nigerians occupy taken to social media to particular deep nettle over the ‘demise’ of a ‘wrongfully jailed’ Nigerian girl, Itunu Babalola.

Based mostly totally on reports, 21-twelve months-normal Babalola from Oyo Suppose used to be a vendor primarily based in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire. Her apartment had been burgled by an Ivorian in September 2019 and she or he had reported the incident to the police however DPO informed her that the suspect used to be his nephew. He reportedly equipped her a settlement price roughly N100,000 to drop the case, an quantity lesser than the N300,000 price of stolen outcomes.

Babalola used to be which skill reality arrested when she refused the settlement, charged to court for human trafficking and sentenced to 10 years in penal complex.

A journalist, David Hundeyin, had shared the memoir of Babalola on Twitter in March 2021 and the Nigerians In Diaspora Fee had talked about it used to be working to reveal the innocence of Babalola.

NIDCOM, headed by Abike Dabiri-Erewa, had confirmed that the girl used to be charged and incarcerated for a criminal offense she didn’t commit.

“Following painstaking investigations by the Nigerians in Diaspora Fee and the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, it is now confirmed that Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian living in Abidjan used to be wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a criminal offense she did no longer commit.

“Plans are underway to buy the companies of a appropriate luminary to reveal the innocence of Itunu Babalola on the Court of Enchantment after the accused had spent two years out of a ten-twelve months jail time interval for an offence she did no longer commit,” the price had promised in a assertion.

Nonetheless, many Nigerians had been deal taken aback on Sunday evening when Hundeyin, who had been following the case, gave serial updates that Babalola’s gotten smaller an an infection within the Ivorian penal complex. The journalist uploaded photography of the younger girl in an emergency predicament being attended to on a stretcher by medical personnel.

Some had been gutted that eight months after NIDCOM promised to ensure justice used to be served on the matter and proper the girl’s freedom, Babalola aloof remained within the abet of bars within the Francophone West African nation.

Many had been equally heartbroken when Hundeyin equipped hours later that the younger girl gave up the ghost.

“I truly occupy true bought a message from Cote d’Ivoire about Itunu Babalola. She is aloof in penal complex in Abidjan the build she has gotten smaller a significant an infection and apparently she is death. All those promises by NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri, OYSG etc – audio. She’s indirectly death,” Hundeyin wrote.

“Itunu is ineffective. She died this evening. Simply confirmed,” he later tweeted.

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

@DavidHundeyin talked about, “Nigeria does thoroughly nothing for the residents, especially southerners however expects the residents to indulge in the nation and uphold some magical patriotism. RIP Itunu. So sorry to her household.”

@DrOlufunmilayo tweeted, “This same govt that abandoned Itunu to die will suddenly organize and pay huge money to transport her corpse house. Money they by no system had to place her from jail. Vitality they by no system had to wrestle for her. The money they by no system had to address her.”

“Someone needs to call out that nation’s judicial machine! Someone needs to call out Nigerian Govt who can’t abet their residents house or in a international nation,” @DanielRegha demanded.

“On the present time, I true in actuality feel so sorry for every Nigerian, including those in diaspora! We’re in an growth of wretchedness! The machine failed us!” @Petraandra2 lamented.

One other tweep, @fvckgotti, called out the NIDCOM chair, “@abikedabiri, you once talked about this girl is in protected arms. you tweeted the international affiars ministry had been on deck to Abidjan to place this girl. I’m no longer moderately taken aback when even in our bag nation, we fall prey/victim of circumstance no longer to chat of desiring abet when we’re away. Damn Broken coronary heart.”

Copyright PUNCH.

All rights reserved. This enviornment matter, and varied digital suppose on this web suppose online, couldn’t be reproduced, printed, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in entire or in section without prior order written permission from PUNCH.

Contact: [email protected]

Related Articles