By Ola Adeola
Turkish authorities are holding Nigerian students studying in the country over a recent failed coup aimed at toppling the regime of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a report said.
According to THISDAY, more than 50 students are kept in a dingy holding room at the Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, the Turkish capital. The detained students are of the Fathi University, a private university
owned by Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, who is fingered by the government to be the coup’s sponsor.
“When they enquired why they were clamped in a dirty room, the police said they are students of a terrorist organisation. They offered to transfer them to government schools but on the condition that we will pay same fees as private universities,” the newspaper quoted a source saying.
The Fathi University is among the 2099 schools, dormitories and universities shut down in the wake of the July 15th failed coup in Turkey.
Some other Nigerians are being made to sign deportation letters and repatriated by the Turkish government. Some months ago, Nigerian government rejected Turkey’s demand to close down schools operated by Gullen’s movement in the country on the allegation that it is a terrorist organisation, which the former demanded evidence of.