FG Seeks Release of Detained Students In Turkey

Minister of Foreign Affair, Geoffrey Onyeama

FG has expressed its determination to ensure the immediate release of the students currently detained in Turkey.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed that Government is working hard to get students out of their current predicament.

Ministry spokesperson, Clement Aduku, disclosed this in a statement yesterday. He reacted to a report that the Federal Government had not taken appropriate actions to protect the welfare of Nigerian students in Turkey. The students are said to be experiencing different forms of maltreatment in Turkey after being caught up in its post-coup situation.

FG taking Proactive Steps

He said the Ministry had taken series of proactive steps to urgently address the situation.

“The Ministry wishes to assure Nigerians that its leadership has ensured that adequate steps were taken here in Nigeria and in Turkey to uphold the well being of Nigerian students in Turkey.

“The Ambassador of Turkey in Nigeria was summoned to the Ministry on three separate occasions during which the request for the closure of Turkish Schools was flatly rejected.

“The Ministry also rejected the option of returning students to Nigeria to obtain fresh Visas to enable them continue in the schools to which they have been transferred,” he said.

According to him, the Federal Government, in addition to that, demanded immediate release of detained Nigerian students in Turkey.

He stated that this position was strongly conveyed by the Charge d’Affaires of Nigeria in Ankara to the competent Turkish authorities, who had been working diligently to this end as well.

“At this point virtually all the students have been released with the demand for fresh Visas dropped as to allow the students continue with their studies unhindered,” he said.

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