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Abike Dabiri-Erewa breaks silence on Itunu Babalola’s death

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It is important for the Nigerian government to ensure Itunnu Babalola gets justice even in death, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa said on Friday.

Itunnu – who was in her early 20’s – died recently while serving jail term in Cote d’Ivoire for human trafficking – a crime she was said to be wrongfully accused of.

Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), gave an assurance that the government would do everything possible to ensure justice was served in the matter.

“We don’t expect that this case is just going to end like that,” she said while featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. “An autopsy is being done, we expect the result. The case must go on so that even in death, she must get justice.

“NIDCOM has written to Interpol. A policeman was involved in Cote d’Ivoire, so they should look into it. What was the relationship? What happened? Maybe they have their own story; how did burglary turn to human trafficking, whether she was Becky Paul or Itunu.

“Also, the office of the Attorney-General is following the picture, and I hope that Nigeria as a country will ensure that it didn’t just let this go away just like that. We must get justice for the poor girl.”

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