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Monday, 5 May 2014

Aisha Falode: My son was murdered in Dubai



Aisha-Falode

Ace sports broadcaster and Head, media committee of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Aisha Falode, has said that her late son, Oloruntoba, who died on Saturday February 15, 2014, was actually murdered by one Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser, a Saudi national and one Olivia Melaine Richards Evans, a Briton.
Falode, who made the statement through her lawyer, Festus Keyamo, in a petition made available to The Nation, also alleged that there is a plot to cover up the alleged murder by the Dubai Police authority.
The Dubai Marina Police Command handled investigations into the death of the 19-yar-old.
Oloruntoba, popularly called Fray, the only son of the frontline media practitioner and a budding rapper, was a student of Audio Production at the SAE Institute in the United Arab Emirate at the time of his untimely death.
Initial report stated that he died in a car crash but a petition sent to the Presidency by Keyamo on behalf of the Falodes revealed that Oloruntoba might have been pushed to his death by his alleged killers on the night of the sad incident.
In the petition which was also copied to the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Ambassador of Nigeria to the UAE, the grieving mother said written statements and evidences volunteered by eye-witnesses suggest that Al-Nasser pushed Toba off the balcony of the 17th floor of Manchester Towers at Dubai Marina, after a heated argument between the duo.
She said, “Because of the various inconsistencies in the Police Report given to the family after the incident, myself, in company of Mr. Festus Keyamo and another family member, travelled to Dubai in the UAE on Friday, the 18th day of April, 2014 to see and hear things for ourselves. Whilst in the country, we met with the friends of Toba Falode who were present in the apartment on the fateful day.
The friends in question (names withheld) are a South African student, and a Nigerian student, both also studying at the SAE Institute. The summary of the accounts of these friends are totally different from what the Police Report indicated and has revealed a most shameful and disgraceful attempt by the authorities n Dubai to shilled obvious murder suspects from the long arms of the law.
The friends and witnesses in question volunteered written statements to us . That sometimes in December, 2013, the said Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser stormed the apartment of the deceased, Oluwadamilola Oloruntoba Falode and ordered Miss Olivia Melaine Richards Evans (his supposed girlfriend) out of Toba’s apartment; accusing her of having an affair with Toba Falode.
That a fight was to have ensued from this confrontation, but for the intervention of other mutual friends. Since then, there was no love lost between Toba and Al-Nasser. That in the evening of 14th of February, 2014, Toba, together with his friends,went to a club in Dubai known as M Deck, Media 1 Hotel, Media City.
That at the club, they again met the said Al-Nasser and Evans who came together to the club. That again, an argument started concerning Evans. Shortly after this, Al-Nasser and Evans left the club. On their return to toba’s apartment, the friends were shocked to find Al-Nasser and Evans waiting. Evans was crying hysterically while Al-Nasser was very calm with a determined look about him.
Toba let them into his apartment. After they all got into the apartment, Toba, Al-Nasser and Evans entered his rom to sort things out. Shortly after, the three of them exited the room and went to the balcony of the apartment on the 17th floor. According to an emphatic witness, a serious argument with raised voices and hands again ensued at the balcony. At some point, the friends opened the curtain and saw this serious confrontation among the three of them going on.
Shortly after, Al-Nasser and Evans came into the apartment and announced that Toba had fallen off the railings. However, Al-Nasser had blood splattered all over his shirt and he had bloody knuckles. There was also a noticeable cut on his finger. It is important to note that when one of the witnesses parted the curtain to see , Toba was not sitting on the railings in the balcony.
The position of Toba’s body was not consistent with someone dropping from the balcony but was consistent with someone that was violently pushed or thrown from the balcony. That the Police arrived thereafter and arrested all of them to the station. That before and during the journey to the station, Al-Nasser kept repeating to the hearing of everyone that the maximum punishment for him would be twenty-five years in jail and that the other boys should not worry.”
Falode argued that given the above account by eye-witnesses, it is shocking that Al-Nasser and Evans were that night released to go home without taking the blood stained T-shirt from Al-Nasser while the other three boys were charged with drinking and other sundry offense and are still facing these charges in court at present.
According to her, it is distressing that Nigerian students living and studying legitimately in so many countries abroad have become subjects of hostilities and murder of late. She therefore urged relevant authorities to wade into the matter and ensure that justice is done in this particular case.
“We call on you to use your good offices to prevail on the authorities in Dubai to re-open the investigation into the murder of Toba Falode and to bring to book Mr. Faisal Aldakmary Al-Nasser and Miss Olivia Melanie Richards Evans both of whom murdered him in cold blood,” she pleaded.
TheNation

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