Itunu Babalola, Nigerian wrongfully incarcerated in Cote d’Ivoire prison

Mon, Mar 22, 2021
By editor
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Africa

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.

According to the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Charge D’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Côte d’Ivoire, Mohammed Gana sent officials of the mission to Bondoukou, a city eight hours outside Abidjan when the case was brought to his attention.

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 10-year jail term for an offense she did not commit.

Reports indicate that the new prosecutor assigned to the case has given assurances of a fair and unbiased review and retrial of the case to secure the release of Itunu Babalola.

It was also alleged that the former prosecutor in collaboration with the police twisted the case and accused Itunu Babalolo of human trafficking hence her conviction for 20 years although the sentence was reduced to 10 years from which she has served 2 years so far.

Itunu Babalola, whose family is from Oyo State, Nigeria has been living in Bondoukou, Cote d’ivoire for a long time, but got entangled in a legal battle.when she reported the burglary of her house to the police

On the efforts made to secure her bail, the prosecutor said that it was only the Court that could grant her bail as she has already been convicted.

“We will continue to monitor the case as it unfolds,” the statement by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, said.

– Mar. 22, 2021 @ 09:40 GMT

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