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Father of Nigerian lady, Itunu who died in Ivory Coast prison rejects autopsy report

Emmanuel Babalola, the father of Itunnu Babalola, a.k.a. Bekky Paul, who died in a Cote d’Ivoire prison on November 14 after being wrongfully imprisoned, has rejected the autopsy report on her daughter.

On December 4, the 24-year-old was buried in Ibadan after being sentenced to ten years in prison on false charges.

According to a statement issued on Tuesday by NIDCOM’s Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocols, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, titled “Itunnu: Father rejects autopsy report, asks for FG’s support,” “Itunnu: Father rejects autopsy report, asks for FG’s support,” Babalola, who was sobbing uncontrollably, said he had someone interpret some of it for him.

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He was dissatisfied with the results of the post-mortem examination.

“I don’t believe that she died of natural cause. I spoke with her on Wednesday in good health condition; how come she died two days later vomiting blood and claiming it was sepsis in her respiratory system. This is unacceptable.

“That is why I’m here to thank you for all you have done for me on her and through you appeal for justice for my late daughter.”

Babalola reiterated his call for the Federal Government to clear his daughter’s name of the allegation and bring to justice those who framed her as well as those who were responsible for her death.

He emphasised that while in prison, his daughter complained about the Ivorian government’s treatment of her, claiming that she was mistreated and suffered health problems.

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“She told me how they took her to hinterland prison from the Cote d’Ivoire capital, Abidjan, a journey of about five hours, and imprisoned her there to discourage those championing the case as well frustrate the cause of justice,” he noted.

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It was gathered that the NIDCOM boss confirmed that the autopsy said Itunu died of “Acute respiratory disease as a result of sepsis,” adding that the autopsy left a lot of doubts “because there are gaps in the medical report which calls for more investigation.”

Some lawyers have indicated their willingness to take the case to the ECOWAS court to seek justice for Itunnu, according to Dabiri-Erewa.

“On behalf of the Commission, she provided some financial support for the family to cushion the effects of losing a breadwinner,” the statement said.

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