July 3, 2022

PHOTOS: See How Itunu Babalola was Buried in Ibadan Amidst Tears

By Shola Akingboye, Dec. 4, 2021

The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), has reassured the family of late Itunnu’s 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 on a telephone conversation with the
father of Itunnu,  Mr Emmanuel Babalola, after the burial, in his home
in Ibadan, according to a statement made available to RegentAfrica Times by Gabriel Odu, of the Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM.

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

Mr Emmanuel Babalola, father to Itunnu a.k.a Becky Paul commended
efforts of 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 NIDCOM Delegation led by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head, Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit, NIDCOM.

The NIDCOM delegation further 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 could be recalled that Itunnu Babalola while in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, 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, Itunnu Babalola died while in prison custody under a 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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