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Reps decry Turkey's crackdown on Nigerians


The House of Represen­tatives yesterday said Turkish authorities should apologise for their on­going crackdown on Nigeri­ans studying in tertiary insti­tutions in Turkey.

The House further urged the Federal Government to explore all diplomatic means to rescue the students and re­solve the issue.
The lawmakers said Nigeria has had enough of Turkey’s victimisation of 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 matters of urgent national importance shortly after the House re­sumed plenary yesterday af­ternoon.
According to him, Nigerian students in colleges across Turkey have cried out in re­cent months that they’re be­ing unfairly targeted by the police and other security agencies in Istanbul, Ankara and other major cities in that country.
The aggression followed the ill-fated coup d’etat in the country on July 15, 2016.