HOUSE of Representative yesterday demanded for the release of 50 Nigerian students arrested in Istanbul Airport, Turkey on arrival to pursue their education. It therefore, called on the federal government to explore all diplomatic options to secure their release. The House equally mandated its Committees on Diaspora, Education, Foreign Affairs and Interior to investigate the circumstances surrounding their arrest and take necessary actions to check the ugly trend. This followed a motion sponsored by Hon. Solomon Maren, who drew the attention of his colleagues to the untold hardship, extortion, torture and death which Nigerian students go through as they seek for education abroad. Hon. Maren noted that since the failed Turkey coup of July 15th, there had been a clamp down on 2099 schools in Turkey by Turkish government, over their alleged involvement in the botched coup. He hinted that the Turkish government had also come hard on institutions associated Islamic Schilar Fetullar Gulen linked with the coup. The lawmaker 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 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. Hon. Nnanna Igbokwe called for the consolidation of the bill with a previous bill, calling for an investigation of the involvement of Turkish schools operating in Nigeria in the Turkey coup. It was equally discovered that out of the 102 countries that have students in Turkey, only Nigerian students were subjected to this humiliation.


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