Nigerian students go into hiding, as Turkey begins manhunt

The Turkish government has begun a manhunt of Nigerian students in its Universities, The Cable reports.

According to an affected student the government has begun a clampdown of the students.

The clampdown on the students follows the rejection of a request made by Turkey to President Muhammadu Buhari to close down 17 Turkish schools in the country.

Turkish Ambassador Hakan Cakil had accused the schools of playing a role in the botched coup against President Recep Erdogan.

The source said, “They (Turkish government) closed the private universities after the coup because they claimed they were affiliated to a terrorist organisation. Most of us international students were affected. My university was Fatih,” he said.

“The government said that they would transfer us to Instanbul University, and they promised to let us continue our studies. But on Sunday, September 25, they started arresting and deporting Nigerian students.

“But I know that students from Niger and Somalia were not harassed, arrested nor deported because their home governments shut down schools linked to the Hizmet movement at the request of the Turkish government.

“We are scared of leaving our rooms for fear of being arrested and charged with terrorism, or deported. Most of us are in our final year. What do we do?

“There is a man-hunt for Nigerian students in Turkey. We are holed up in our rooms.”

On Saturday there were reports that fifty Nigerian students were arrested by the Turkish government.

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