- The Nigerian government said efforts have been driven towards securing the release of a Cote d'Ivoire-based Nigerian lady Olajumoke Babalola
- Babalola, a trader, was reportedly sentenced to 20 years in prison after reporting a crime to the police in Ivory Coast
- Abike Dabiri-Erewa, NIDCOM chairman, said the Nigerian mission in the country is handling the matter
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The Nigerian government has finally reacted to the viral Twitter post about a Nigerian lady, Itunu Olajumoke Babalola, who is being wrongfully jailed in Cote d'Ivoire after reporting a crime to the police authority.
In a Twitter response by the chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the federal government said it will intensify efforts to get to the root of the matter and secure the release of the victim.
Legit.ng had on Monday, March 15, reported that Babalola was jailed by police authorities in Ivory Coast after she reported a case of theft of her items worth N300,000.
A Nigerian journalist, David Hundeyin, on Sunday, March 14 shared how the life of a 23-year-old trader took a terrible turn in a Twitter thread sighted by this publication.
In a swift response, NIDCOM said the Nigerian mission in Cote d'Ivoire is handling the case.
"Our mission in Côte d’Ivoire is handling. The place in question is about 8 hours drive from Abidjan so they hope to be there tomorrow," Dabiri-Erewa said.
We will investigate and get back with our findings. Our Mission in Abidjan will also help out.
"The Commission has been to several countries such as Togo, Benin Republic, Brazil, South-Africa, etc to facilitate the release of some Nigerians wrongfully arrested and incarcerated.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that a lady with the Twitter handle @EbonyJackin made many emotional on the platform after posting about her dad who just got out after he was imprisoned in 1997.
In a tweet on Saturday, January 23, the lady said after her dad got out, he brought some food to her workplace.
The 29-year-old woman said that act made her feel like a baby all over again. @EbonyJackin added that there were times in her childhood when she wished her dad would do that.
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