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Itunu Babalola: FG, Family Reject Autopsy Report

BoomRadioNG | December 29, 2021
The Federal Government and the family of the late Itunu Babalola, the Nigerian lady who died in Côte d’Ivoire after she was wrongly jailed have rejected the autopsy on the cause of her death.
Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) and the father of the deceased, Mr Emmanuel Babalola who paid a visit to the chairman of the commission on Tuesday gave this position at a meeting at the NiDCOM office in Lagos.
Babalola said the autopsy report which was written in French language did not reflect the true situation of the cause of death of Itunnu.
Babalola, who wept uncontrollably, said he got somebody who interpreted some aspects of it to him and expressed dissatisfaction with the result of the post-mortem test.

Itunu Babalola

He called on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and the National Assembly to intervene in the case.
24-year-old Itunu from Oyo State reportedly died on Nov. 14 and Nigerians took to social media to express their angst over her death.
Itunu reportedly got entangled in a legal battle when she reported to the police that her house in Bondoukou, Cote d’Ivoire had been burgled.
She was said to have been charged to court and the prosecutor, in collaboration with the police, allegedly compromised the case and accused her of human trafficking.
Itunu was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison which was later reduced to 10 years, but she died two years into her jail term.
On her part, Dabiri-Erewa, who expressed NiDCOM deepest condolences to Babalola’s family, said that though she was not a doctor, the autopsy left so many questions unanswered.
“I am not a doctor but when I looked at the autopsy report itself, “Sepsis Complicated by Acute Respiratory Distress“, that is not acceptable even to me without being a doctor and I don’t think that should be acceptable.”
“I believe that Nigeria should not just let this matter go just like that. We need to demand justice.
“How come she just died after everything has been done for her release?”
“Even the lawyer said that the girl was not guilty of the crime she was accused of.”
“This autopsy, even to me does not appear acceptable. So, I hope that we would not let the case go like that,”

Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa
Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM)

“I am sure the Minister of Foreign Affairs will take the next necessary steps to demand from Cote d’Ivoire a lot more information than they have given about what happened to Itunu’s case.”
“Again, it is a tough one, it is a tragic one. It should not have happened. If we let this go just like that, others will go just like that.
“How could this have even happened in another West African country? We will do all we can.
“Now that the autopsy report is out, there are more questions to ask. How was Itunu treated in prison? How come she just died like that when the next thing was for her to be released?”
Dabiri-Erewa urged the media to keep the matter on the front burner to ensure that the case was investigated and brought to logical conclusion for the deceased to get justice.
NAN reports that Dabiri-Erewa presented a cheque of an undisclosed amount to Mr Babalola as support from NiDCOM to the family.
Ademola Adejuwon

Written by BoomRadioNG

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