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Turkish government arrests 50 Nigerian students in Istanbul


A report by Thisday indicates that over 50 Nigerian students have been arrested by the Turkish government over the recent failed coup d’etat in the country.

A source quoted whose relative was among the detained students stated that upon arrival at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, they were all escorted to a room and their passport confiscated by Turkish authorities.

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The Nigerian students are said to be schooling in of Fathi University, a private university in the country.

The school which is located in the metropolitan Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, has a high rate of international students from 102 countries.

The Fathi University is among the 2099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down after the failed coup in Turkey.

The Turkish authorities said the schools and universities were terrorist schools because they have links with Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish government had accused of being the mastermind of the coup.

“When they enquired why they were clamped in a dirty room, the police said they are students of a terrorist organisation.

“They offered to transfer them to government schools but on the condition that we will pay same fees as private universities,” the source added.

Weeks after the coup, the Turkish ambassador in Nigeria Mr. Hakan Cakil, had requested the Nigerian authorities to close down 17 Turkish schools in Nigeria for alleged links to the Hizmet movement.

The Nigerian Authorities however rejected the call, stating that it would rely strictly on evidence linking the proprietors of the schools in Nigeria to the failed coup in Turkey.

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