SAN FRANCISCO October 06, (THEWILL) – The Federal Government has summoned Hakan Cakil, Turkish Ambassador to Nigeria, over the detention of Nigerian students studying in the country.
THEWILL recalls that the Turkish government allegedly ordered the arrest of 50 Nigerians last week, deported some and kept others behind bars.
However, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of foreign affairs, On Thursday, disclosed that the government has asked its Turkish counterpart to free the Nigerian students.
“Turkish Amb. H. Cakil Summoned: Nigerian Students Release Demanded,” he wrote on Twitter.
One of the affected students had earlier disclosed that he was captured like Abubakar Shekau, leader of the Boko Haram sect saying Turkish officials found nothing incriminating on him but deported him all the same.
“Well, right now, I’m inside the flight commencing my first leg of my return journey back to Abuja. After being marshalled in like Shekau that they just caught,” he told TheCable.
“So, I came back, with an open mind considering since I was back in the country, I’ve been hearing reports about how returning students were being treated. But I felt, okay here I am, as innocent as ever, supposed to even have graduated with my set this year but for minor visa complications in that past that made me miss a semester.
“I handed my travel documents to the officer at the passport control desk. I gave him the documents, he looked that them, then asked me for my father’s name. I gave him. I didn’t think anything about it, then I saw him hysterically punching numbers in a cell phone and giving orders to people; that was when I starting getting worried.
“I still kept quiet all these while, though. Still managing to smile, until suddenly two armed policemen came next to me and demanded I follow them.”