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Itunu Babalola, Nigerian who died in Ivory Coast prison buried in Oyo State

Itunu Babalola, the Nigerian lady who died in prison in Côte D’Ivoire after she was wrongly jailed, has been buried in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The remains of Babalola were interred on Saturday at the Sango Cemetery at 11:25am.
She was buried in the presence of officials of the Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission sent by the Chairperson, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The deceased’s body had arrived at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos on Friday at 11pm via Air Côte D’Ivoire and was conveyed to Oyo State.

Babalola reportedly died on November 14, 2021

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[Video]: David Hundeyin warns Abike Dabiri-Erewa to stop talking over him as they get into heated argument on radio over death of Itunu, wrongly jailed in Ivory Coast

"Will you stop talking over me?" David Hundeyin and Abike Dabiri-Erewa get into heated debate on radio over death of Nigerian woman, Itunu, wrongly jailed in Ivory Coast (video)

Journalist David Hundeyin and Abike Dabiri-Erewa got into a heated debate on radio that saw David scold the NIDCOM Chairperson.

A video recorded during the interview shows Ms. Abike’s reaction when Hundeyin called in to the show to discuss Itunu’s death.

David asked questions about what was done by the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to help Itunu after her case was made public

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Nigerian Lady who was wrongfully charged and sentenced to 10 years in Ivorian prison dies after contracting an infection

A Nigerian living in Abidjan who was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a crime she did not commit passed away.

A Nigerian lady, 21, identified as Itunu Babalola, from Oyo State was a trader based in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire.

Her apartment had been burgled by an Ivorian in September 2019 and she had reported the incident to the police but DPO informed her that the suspect was his nephew.

He reportedly offered her a settlement worth roughly N100,000 to drop the case, an amount lesser than the N300,000 worth of stolen effects.
Babalola was subsequently arrested when she refused the settlement, charged to court for human trafficking and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
A journalist, David Hundeyin, had shared the story of Babalola on Twitter in March 2021 and the Nigerians In Diaspora Commission had said it was working to prove the innocence of Babalola.