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Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament from his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on June 25, 2013. Erdogan yesterday praised the police "heroism" in handling several weeks of unrest that threw up the biggest challenge yet to his government after more than a decade in power. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN

Turkish Government Begins Deportation Of Nigerian Students

The Turkish government has commenced an enormous deportation of Nigerian students resident in the country, TheCable can report.

A Nigerian student, Rukkaya Usman deported from the country, said the Turkish government does not provide a reason for the action.

A final year student of Pol. Science and international relations at the University of Melikseh, Usman told TheCable on Saturday 1 October that she arrived in Turkey at 8am on September 26, but that she was detained at the airport for about 10 hours after which she was funnelled into an aircraft for a flight back to Nigeria.

“As I arrived the airport, at the immigration; they collected my passport and resident permit. They began to ask me questions like: ‘What’s your father’s name?’  ‘What are you studying?’ They took my passport. This was on September 26. I asked what was happening. But they said they didn’t know, that it was a new law, that they were sending me back to my country,” Usman narrated.

“They said if I had any questions I should go to my embassy and ask. i was put in a room. There were about seven others. We were locked up in the room; there were cameras. We were not allowed to speak to anyone. i was told that my next flight was at 6pm. I asked for my passport, but they said i would understand when I get to my country.

“They took me to the plane, and they watched me as I boarded the airplane.”

TheCable understands that the Turkish government motive is to deport all Nigerian students at universities coupled to Fethullah Gulen’s Hizmet movement.

Gulen is an Islamic cleric whom President Recep Erdogan of Turkey considers as his strongest rival.

After the botched July 15 coup, Erdogan launched a massive quelling on the investments of Gulen’s followers.

He blamed Gulen for the coup, but the cleric has denied the allegation.

A few weeks after the coup, the Turkish government asked the Nigerian government to close up all the schools which had affinity with Gulen. But the Nigerian government failed to oblige them.

The Turkish government has now resorted to deporting Nigerian students resident in the country.

Source: Thecable news


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