The Nigerians in Diaspora Fee (NiDCOM) says the retrial of Nigerian, Itunu Babalola, wrongfully incarcerated in Cote D’lvoire, is to begin underneath a brand new and unbiased prosecutor.
This was contained in an announcement signed by Mr Gabriel Odu, the fee’s Media, Public Relations and Protocols Unit officer, in Abuja, on Friday, NAN reviews.
In line with him, the Nigeria Mission in Abidjan, Cote D’ivoire, has now confirmed that Babalola, a Nigerian dwelling in Abidjan, was wrongfully charged and incarcerated for a criminal offense she didn’t commit following collection of investigations.
Additionally, the Cost D’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Côte D’Ivoire, Mr Mohammed Gana, was quoted as saying that plans had been underway to have interaction the companies of a lawyer, to show the innocence of Babalola on the Courtroom of Attraction.
“Babalola, has been dwelling in Bondoukou, Cote d’ivoire, for a very long time however acquired entangled in a authorized battle, when she reported the housebreaking of her home to the police.
“Stories point out that the brand new prosecutor, assigned to the case, has given assurances of a good and unbiased assessment and retrial of the case.
“Investigations carried out additionally point out that the previous prosecutor, in collaboration with the police, twisted the case and accused Babalola of human trafficking which led to her conviction for 20 years even tho the sentence was decreased to 10 years from which she has served 2 years up to now.
“On efforts made to safe her bail, the prosecutor stated it’s only the courtroom that may grant her bail, as she has already been convicted, we’ll proceed to observe the case because it unfolds, ” he stated.