Stella Dimoko Nigeria And Turkey Meet Today Over Students’ Arrest


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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Nigeria And Turkey Meet Today Over Students’ Arrest

The Nigerian mission official in Ankara, Turkey is billed to meet with Turkish foreign ministry officials today over the arrest of Nigerian students in that country, Daily Trust gathered yesterday.

The students were arrested and their passports confiscated by the Turkish security agents upon arrival at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul.
One of them, Rukkaya Usman, a final year student of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Melikseh, who was deported from the country last week, told TheCable that the Turkish government did not give reason for her deportation.

“As I got to the airport, at the immigration; they (immigration officers) collected my passport and resident permit. They started to ask me questions like: ‘what are you studying?’ ‘What’s your father’s name?’ They took my passport. This was on September 26. I asked what was happening. But they said they didn’t know, that it was a new law, that they were sending me back to my country,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sola Enikanolaiye, in a telephone chat with our correspondent yesterday, said Nigerian mission officials in Turkey were expected to have a meeting with the country’s Foreign Ministry officials today over the arrest.

He said the government would summon the Turkish ambassador to Nigeria, Hakan Cakil, to demand explanation for the deportation of the students.
“I have actually asked our official in Ankara to give me an update. He is going to see the foreign ministry officials tomorrow (today) after which he will give me the report,” Enikanolaiye told Daily Trust.

Majority of the detained Nigerians are students of the Fathi University. The school is among the 2,099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down for links with Fethullah Gulen, a US-based cleric whom Turkish government accused of masterminding the botched July 15 coup in the country.

Daily trust


  1. I hope something positive comes out of the meeting.

  2. The way Nigerians are rushing to Turkey and Cyprus to study, I wonder what's in there.

  3. May God help us..........

  4. I hope the issue is sorted out so those students will be back to school.

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  5. Nawa for dis tolotolo people Sef!

  6. After spending millions and now deportation.... chai

  7. Hmmmmm, pls they should do something about it.

  8. may GOD intervene final year student for that matter.. opps


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