Reps vows to unravel the circumstances of the death of Itunu Babalola
The House of Representatives has vowed to unravel the circumstances of the death of Itunu Babalola, a Nigerian who died in an Ivory Coast prison under strange circumstances.
The Chairperson, House Committee on Diaspora, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, stated this during a condolence visit to the parents of the deceased in Ibadan.
Akande-Sadipe who noted that the Committee on Diaspora was not satisfied with the result of the autopsy carried out in Côte d’Ivoire, said a thorough investigation must be carried out to ascertain Itunus course of death.
She added that the House under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will take every necessary action to unravel the case including a coroners’ inquest.
Akande-Sadipe, who reiterated the 9th House commitment to ensure the safety of Nigerians in diaspora, appealed to the Federal Government not to let Itunu’s babalolas death be swept under the carpet.
The lawmaker also urged the Ivorian Ambassador to Nigeria, to ensure a thorough investigation of the wrongful incarceration to clear her name and vindicate her.
Speaking during the visit, the deceased’s father, Emmanuel Babalola said the family can only have closure through a thorough investigation into the cause of their daughter’s death.
Babalola who stressed the need to engage an independent toxicologist, to establish the cause of her death said Itunu was victimized in the Ivorian prison.
The late Itunu Babalola, was reported to have been sentenced for an offence she didn’t commit in Ivory Coast where died in custody.