Reps call for release of detained 50 Nigerian students in Turkey

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By; JOSHUA I. EGBODO, Abuja
The House of Representative has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government to explore all diplomatic means with a view to securing the release of 50 Nigerian students reportedly arrested and detained in Istanbul Airport, Turkey over the recent failed coup in the country.
The House has also mandated their committees on Diaspora, Education, Foreign Affairs and Interior to investigate the circumstances surrounding their arrest and take necessary actions to check the ugly trend.
The call was fall out of a motion from Hon. Solomon Maren  who drew the attention of his colleagues to untold hardship, extortion,  torture and death which Nigerian students go through as they seek for education abroad.
According to the lawmaker, since the failed Turkey coup of July 15th, there has been a clamp down on 2099 schools in Turkey by Turkish government, over their alleged involvement in the botched coup. The Turkish government had also come hard on Institutions associated Islamic Schilar Fetullar Gulen linked with the coup, and had also called on the federal government to shot down 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for their links with the Hizmet movement alleged to have also masterminded the coup.
He further recalled how a Nigerian student was murdered in Dubai, another Julie bedridden in Italy out of torture and another student killed in Malaysia because his travel documents could not be updated on time.
Supporting the motion, Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe (PDP Imo) called for the consolidation of the bill with a previous bill which called for an investigation of the involvement of Turkish schools operating in Nigeria in the Turkey coup, adding that Turkey came hard on Nigerian students because the country failed to close down Turkish Institutions in Nigeria as was recommended by the Turkish government.
Igbokwe disclosed that according to the Ministry of Education, Turkish International is a privately owned, just as he queried Corporate Affairs Commission CAC, for allowing a private business person to register and float an International entity.

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