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 The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM says a 28 year old Nigerian student has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since Aug 2 The commission said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Abdur Rahman Balogun Head of Media Public Relations and Protocol Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by his mother Mrs Dije Ibraheem The report of the missing student came barely 24 hours after NiDCOM repeated advisory to Nigerians against seeking educational succour in T rkiye Republic of Northern Cyprus He said that the missing student AbdulSamad Abubakar had called the mother on Aug 2 through another person s phone number crying they have come to pick me up to a detention camp Mrs Ibraheem said AbdulSamad is a 300 Level International Relations student of Cyprus Science University and was living off campus She said since that call on Aug 2 2022 from an unknown number with her son wailing and asking for help she has not known his whereabout or heard any news from him or the school authorities Confused on what to do she reached out to the agent who secured the admission and travelling documents for her son but he was not forthcoming too The woman also said she had written a petition to the Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before coming to seek for NiDCOM s intervention Balogun added According to him the woman s prayer is to get her only son back to Nigeria alive I am here today at NiDCOM to beg you in the name of God to help me bring back my son alive as I am scared of hearing any bad news about my only child Please help me I am a single mother she was quoted as saying The Secretary of the Commission Sule Bassi received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of NiDCOM Mrs Abike Dabiri Erewa He assured Ibraheem that everything possible would be done to locate her son and bring him back to Nigeria Bassi however reminded her that diplomatic services would be difficult because Nigeria and the United Nations had no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus He however assured her that further investigation would be carried out by the Commission in conjuction with the Nigeria Embassy in Ankara Turkey Here at NiDCOM we are concerned about the welfare of Nigerians abroad as well as encouraging them to invest back home for national development he said The secretary advised Ibraheem to take care of her health as the commission investigates the matter He reiterated the earlier advisory given by the Commission against sending students to Northern Cyprus due to negative reports from there especially from students NAN reports that Turkey s Ambassador to Nigeria Mr Hidayet Bayraktar on Thursday issued an open letter describing the advisory by the Commission as exaggerated NiDCOM however responded by releasing the list of Nigerians murdered in Northern Cyprus within three years NewsSourceCredit NAN
Mother seeks NiDCOM’s help as child goes missing in Northern Cyprus 

Diaspora Commission

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says a 28-year-old Nigerian student has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since Aug. 2.

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Abdur-Rahman Balogun

The commission said this in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Head of Media, Public Relations and Protocol.

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Dije Ibraheem

Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by his mother, Mrs Dije Ibraheem.

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Republic of Northern Cyprus

The report of the missing student came barely 24 hours after NiDCOM repeated advisory to Nigerians against seeking educational succour in Türkiye Republic of Northern Cyprus.

AbdulSamad Abubakar

He said that the missing student, AbdulSamad Abubakar, had called the mother on Aug. 2, through another person’s phone number, crying “they have come to pick me up to a detention camp”.

Mrs Ibraheem

“Mrs Ibraheem said AbdulSamad is a 300-Level International Relations student of Cyprus Science University and was living off campus.

“She said since that call on Aug. 2, 2022 from an unknown number, with her son wailing and asking for help, she has not known his whereabout or heard any news from him or the school authorities.

“Confused on what to do, she reached out to the agent who secured the admission and travelling documents for her son but he was not forthcoming too.

Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The woman also said she had written a petition to the Consular and Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, before coming to seek for NiDCOM’s intervention, Balogun added.

According to him, the woman’s prayer is to get her only son back to Nigeria alive.

“I am here today at NiDCOM to beg you in the name of God to help me bring back my son alive, as I am scared of hearing any bad news about my only child.

Please help me, I am a single mother,” she was quoted as saying.

Secretary of the Commission

The Secretary of the Commission, Sule Bassi, received the petition on behalf of the Chairman of NiDCOM, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

He assured Ibraheem that everything possible would be done to locate her son and bring him back to Nigeria.

United Nations

Bassi, however, reminded her that diplomatic services would be difficult, because Nigeria and the United Nations had no diplomatic relations with Northern Cyprus.

Nigeria Embassy in Ankara

He, however, assured her that further investigation would be carried out by the Commission in conjuction with the Nigeria Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

“Here at NiDCOM, we are concerned about the welfare of Nigerians abroad as well as encouraging them to invest back home for national development,” he said.

The secretary advised Ibraheem to take care of her health, as the commission investigates the matter.

Northern Cyprus

He reiterated the earlier advisory given by the Commission against sending students to Northern Cyprus due to negative reports from there, especially from students.

Hidayet Bayraktar

NAN reports that Turkey’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Hidayet Bayraktar on Thursday issued an open letter describing the advisory by the Commission as exaggerated.

Northern Cyprus

NiDCOM however responded by releasing the list of Nigerians murdered in Northern Cyprus within three years.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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