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FG summons Turkish envoy, demands release of detained Nigerian students

02 October 2016, 09:28

Abuja - The Federal Government has summoned the Turkish ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, over the detention of some Nigerian students in Istanbul by the Turkish police, reports Punch

Sola Enikanolaiye, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Nigerian government expected a reasonable explanation from Cakil regarding the poor treatment of the students and directed the envoy to ensure their release without delay.

Enikanolaiye stated that a Nigerian official in Ankara, Turkey had been directed to meet the Turkish government over the issue, stressing that the students must be released immediately.

News 24 had reported that over 50 Nigerian students were arrested and detained in connection with the failed military coup in the country in July 2016.

The students are mainly students of Fathi University, a private university in Turkey.

The Fathi University is among the 2099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down in the wake of the July 15th failed coup in Turkey.

Also read: Turkish Govt wants all Turkish schools in Nigeria shut

The detained Nigerians were all escorted to a room and their passport confiscated by Turkish police.

Enikanolaiye however noted that the detained students were not up to 50 as earlier reported, adding that the government was expecting a feedback from the Nigerian mission official that was directed to follow up the issue in Ankara.

- News 24


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