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Itunu Olajumoke Babalola

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A Nigerian woman, Itunu Olajumoke Babalola, 23 is believed to be detained in a prison in Côte d’Ivoire for daring to prosecute a case of alleged burglary at her home in 2019.

In September 2019, Itunu, a 21-year-old merchant from Bondoukou, Ivory Coast, traveled to Nigeria to visit her sick mother in Ibadan.

Unbeknownst to him, his return to the Ivory Coast will mark the beginning of a ordeal in a notorious Ivorian prison that continues to this day.

Shortly before Itunu left her, they raided her home and stole items valued at more than 300,000 naira, including her television and gas stove.

Despite the hit, he decided to travel after reporting the incident to the police. He returned from his trip in October 2019.

Upon his return, a tenant he had left at his apartment informed him that the thief had been identified. It turned out that the thief was a 14-year-old boy who lived nearby. His father, ashamed of him, apologized and admitted that his son was a normal thief and that the items had already been sold.

Itunu reported this to the police, who ordered him to return on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. The meeting took place on Wednesday, November 6.

There, he said, DPD informed him that the suspect was his grandson and then offered him a deal worth around 100,000 nairas to dismiss the case.

He declined the deal, citing the discrepancy between the value of the stolen items and what was on sale. Then, she said, the DPD visibly angry at her went out of his way to frustrate her for dropping the case, including taking her to Abidjan to meet with the police.

In Abidjan, she hired a lawyer to attend the meeting, but to no avail as the police refused to cooperate. She returned to Bondoukou in frustration.

At around 5 p.m. the next day, a convoy of police vehicles appeared in front of her home and publicly arrested her.

Upon arriving at the train station, she was charged with robbery, stealing her belongings from her home.

She was in police custody for four days, after which she was removed from her cell and offered freedom from her if she agreed to sign documents to drop her case.

Whatever the reason, despite the apparent bad faith of the Ivory Coast police, Itunu declined the offer and decided to go to court.

She said that she later heard an officer say: “Is she Nigerian?” She will die here! (Is She Nigerian? She Will Die Here!).

Her decision to go to court turned out to be a monumental error in judgment, compounded by her naivete towards the Ivory Coast judiciary.

The (French-speaking) court did not provide him with adequate legal representation or give him the opportunity to present her case properly.

She was immediately found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison. Her decision to identify herself as “Becky Paul” in court further complicated the situation.

She did this to prevent her last name from being mistaken for bad news and possibly upsetting her elderly mother.

For a year and four months after her conviction, Itunu, also known as “Becky Paul”, became a forgotten hermit in the infamous Bondoukou House of Detention and Correction.

When her Nigerian friends of hers in Côte d’Ivoire came to the Nigerian embassy in Abidjan seeking consular assistance on her case, the authorities allegedly asked for 400,000 naira for a passport before she could do anything.

All of Itunu’s savings have been depleted in the past year and more than a million naira has been spent to rehabilitate her name, while the Ivory Coast judicial system, together with prison officials, agree to thwart all efforts. .

According to her, she lost hope and tried to commit suicide twice.

This is a call to an innocent Nigerian woman incarcerated in a hostile foreign prison after being created by corrupt officials to cover up a crime committed by the nephew of a data protection commissioner from Ivory Coast.

In response to the protest, the Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) said: “We will investigate our findings and return. Our mission in Abidjan will help too.

“The Commission has visited several countries such as Togo, the Republic of Benin, Brazil, South Africa, etc. facilitate the release of some illegally detained and imprisoned Nigerians. “