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Arrested Students In Turkey: The Unjustifiable Assault On Nigerians Is Enough, Apologize Or Else… – House Of Rep Warns Turkey Govt.


The Members of Representatives has called for the intervention of Federal Government over the arrest and detention of the students in Istanbul Airport on arrival to pursue their educational career.

The House of Representatives on Tuesday has also called on the Turkish Authorities to apologize for their ongoing crackdown on over 50 Nigerians in tertiary institutions.

According to them, the victimization is enough on her citizens and warned that the Middle East country risks indiscriminate arrest of her citizens in Nigeria as a retaliation for the “unjustifiable assault” on Nigerians.

Solomon Maren, a lawmaker from Plateau State, raised the motion under matter of urgent national importance shortly after the House resumed plenary on Tuesday.

It will be recalled that over 50 Nigerian students schooling at Fathi University  were reportedly detained on Friday in Istanbul on the orders of the Turkish Government over July 15 failed coup in Turkey. Within the last one week, no fewer than 50 Nigerians have been arrested in Turkey and summarily deported.

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The students, however, alleged breach of their fundamental rights and urged a response and thorough investigation into their ordeal.

In his contribution, Rotimi Agunsoye from Lagos added that Nigeria should openly reprimand Turkey for its actions and demand formal apology.

In his contribution, a lawmaker from Kaduna State, Adams Jagaba, said the House should weigh in on the crisis with caution.

The speaker, Yakubu Dogara, ruled that the matter should be forwarded to committees on tertiary education, foreign affairs, interior and diaspora in support of the majority.

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