How 50 Nigerian Students Were Detained In Turkey By The Government

Over 50 Nigerian students were yesterday arrested in Turkey, allegedly on the orders of the government, ThisDay reports. A source 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 police.”

The detained Nigerians are mainly students of Fathi University, one of the private universities in Turkey. The school which is located in the metropolitan Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, Turkey was founded in 1996 with a rela- tively high rate of international students from 102 countries.

“When they enquired why they were clamped in a dirty room, the police said they are students of a terrorist organization. They offered to transfer them to government schools but on the condition that we will pay same fees as private universities,” the source added.

The Fathi University is among the 2099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down in the wake of the July 15th 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 in Turkey.

It would also be recalled 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 rejected the call, stating that it would rely on evidence linking the proprietors of the schools in Nigeria to the failed coup in Turkey. In exclusive pictures obtained by ThisDay, students could be seen lying down on the bare floor in a room that could barely be habitable. A source also hinted of a particular case of a Nigerian by name Aminat, a final year student in one of the universities affected by the closure at the time of the coup.

The source said:

“Aminat came to the airport to travel to Nigeria since her school had been shut, but to her surprise, she was asked to pay a penalty for entering the country illegally. She paid the fine, and she was kept, alongside others in the same room with people waiting to be deported.”

ThisDay also gathered that some of those detained at the airport were made to sign docu- ments giving their consent to deportation from Turkey. An e-mail to the Turkish em- bassy on why the students were detained was not responded to as at the time of going to press.turkey

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  • kojasowo

    Too bad…….

  • Mezzy Gilbert


  • If you nigerian govement would put more effort to education sector.. letting more students into the university system thses type of situation won’t arrise #possitt

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  • chika bibian

    Too bad after the huge amount of money their parents must have paid for their schooling…. Turkish government should do something about that abeg

  • emekachilaka

    this is not good news for those involve

  • I don’t see any reasonable parent to still send or keep their ward in a country that was just couped… Smh…all Turkish schools in Nigeria should be closed down…

  • Cornel Nwankwo

    This is not acceptable at all,
    The Turkish government needs to clear us on this, are they arresting these students base on the situations of terrorism in their countries or what, but if so, i think the Government of Turkey is answerable to such inhumane treatment because even if they students came from such country it doesn’t mean they are part of the terrorist group.

  • kayode akinsanya

    It’s not their fault anyway, it’s bad foundation that’s on the ground. They should free them, but those students their parents are rich oo private university in turkey it might our useless politicians that spoiled our universities

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      I don’t understand you Sir, is not their fault how ?
      Are you blaming the students or should you be condemning the actions of the Turkey Government?

  • WillieBravo

    This is what happens when u don’t have a good international reputation. Them go fit try am to American citizens.

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      Having a good international reputation is not relevant here my Broda, so because Nigeria has some terrorist group, then you will get a Nigerian arrested and then change them from Private Universities to Government Schools and they will still maintain the payment of fees as a Private University………….??

      • WillieBravo

        Yes reputation would always determine how people would treat u.

    • Mezzy Gilbert

      No mind dem

  • Olovo Obinna

    That’s serious…Turkish government should do what they have to do asap,,those lads education is very important to their various parents who must have spent heavily to get the. In that country

    • Cornel Nwankwo

      wait ooooo, maybe i don’t understand properly……….Are you saying turkish government should do what they have to do, like you have seen what have being done to those students as a good thing?

      • Olovo Obinna

        Nope,,what the turkish govt is doing after that fail coup is,,transfer students from certain suspected private skools to their govt skool….so my own is,,they should hasten the process for those foreign students asap bcos their education I priority

        • Cornel Nwankwo

          I got your point bro