The National Association of Nigerian Students on Thursday protested against the detention of some Nigerian students by the Republic of Turkey at the Turkish Embassy, Abuja.
Led by the NANS President, Aruna Kadiri, the protesters demanded the unconditional release of four students in prison custody in Istanbul as well as a public apology by the Turkish government to the detained students.
The students issued a seven-day ultimatum to Turkey to release their detained colleagues unconditionally or face the wrath of the student body in Nigeria.
Kadiri, who addressed the Turkish Deputy Ambassador, Semih C., described the arrest and detention of the students as an embarrassment to Nigeria, for which the nation deserved an apology.
The NANS leader said the detention of the students by the Turkish police was politically motivated and warned Ankara against “involving our students in your internal politics”.
Kadiri said, “We have investigated the detention of our students and we know that it is political. These students have been in detention for four weeks and nothing has been done to secure their release.
“We demand a public apology from Turkey over this incident. A lot of our students were arrested and upon interrogation, they were released, if you don’t know, this is an embarrassment to Nigeria.
“We are giving Turkey seven days to release the detained students and to tender a public apology to Nigeria and the students. Please, do not involve our students in the internal politics of Turkey.”
The Turkish envoy, who spoke through an interpreter, explained that many students from different countries were detained, adding that most of them were released after investigators found that they were innocent.
Semih stated that 46 out of 50 Nigerian students, were also released, adding that the four others in detention were found to have been communicating with their lecturers who were involved in the failed July 15, 2016 coup.