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House Wades Into Killing Of Falode's Son In Dubai

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 27, (THEWILL) â€' The House of Representatives Tuesday declared that it will liaise with the Committee on Foreign Affairs to unravel the controversy surrounding the murder of Master Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode, son of sports broadcaster, Ms. Aisha Falode, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.

Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora, Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa, disclosed this when Aisha Falode accompanied by her lawyer, Barr. Festus Keyamo, as well as Joe Odumakin, of the Women Arise Initiative visited the House.

While narrating the story to the committee, Falode alleged that her son was murdered by the son of a wealthy Saudi business man who has been able to allegedly manipulate the UAE authorities.

'My son whom we believe was murdered in Dubai was thrown down from the 17th floor of his apartment at Manchester Towers in Dubai. When I got the call, I went there and requested to see the case file of how my son died. It took three months for us to get their response.

'So I went again with my lawyer and we met with the people who gave some verbal evidence and from what we gathered, he didn't die a natural death, and his death was being covered up,' she alleged.

'I came here to get justice as a mother. I'm pleading with the Nigerian Government to help me get justice for my son, and to prevent another Nigerian family from experiencing such again.'

In her response, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (APC, Lagos), told the mother of the slain boy of how passionate her Committee is about putting an end to issues of Nigerians being killed abroad with impunity.

'This Committee in pursuit of this matter tabled a motion on Thursday, 19th of March on your son and other Nigerians who were victims of such evil. If our children are not safe in Nigeria and they are also not safe abroad, then where's the hope?

'For your son, we have obtained some documents from the Nigerian High Commission in Dubai and we must follow up to ensure that those responsible are brought to book. I assure that it will not be swept under the carpets,' Dabiri-Erewa assured.

The family lawyer, Keyamo, expressed his fears, saying 'I'm only concerned about the facts of the case,' adding 'We need to briefly recount the facts. '

The Coordinator of Women Arise Initiative Odumakin, in her response, said : 'We suspected fraud by the police. We are for justice. That's why we sent a letter to the Committee, as well as the President who endorsed it and sent it to the Foreign Affairs Minister.'