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 The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NiDCOM says its primary role is to advise Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora The commission made the clarification on Thursday in a statement by Abdur Rahman Balogun its Head of Media Public Relations and Protocol The commission was reacting to a letter purportedly written to the commission by Mr Hidayet Bayraktar the Ambassador of the Republic of T rkiye on the welfare of Nigerians living in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus TRNC It stated that firstly no official letter was received till date in our office except the unsigned one being circulated in the media However we thank the Ambassador and are glad that our recent media briefing has elicited his response pertaining to the unfortunate incidents in TRNC It will be recalled that Hon Dabiri Erewa and a team from NiDCOM had been to the Turkish Embassy twice to discuss issues related to Nigerians welfare in TRNC but got no response from the Ambassador It is on record that we received petitions on regular basis from Nigerians especially parents whose children had been victims in one way or the other in TRNC Some of the deaths recorded in TRNC without any resolution from 2016 till date include Mr Ibrahim Khaleel Bello 25 son of Justice Amina Ahmad Bello of Kaduna State High Court 2020 Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede 28 student of Eastern Mediterranean University who was killed on Feb 1 2018 Walshak Augustine Ngok a student of Marine Engineering at Near East University murdered on April 19 2019 Gabriel Soriwei a first year student of Electrical Electronics of Cyprus International University Nicosia Others are Osabanjo Adeola Owoyale 33 who went missing and was found dead on July 1 2019 Augustine Wallies killed on April 19 2019 Stanley Eteimo 28 Hassan Babatunde 28 Temitayo Adigun Kubiat Abasi Abraham Okon Oziegbe Gospower Airekugose and Olasubomi Ope the commission indicated It appealed to the Turkish embassy to do all it could to protect Nigerians in TRNC particularly students and we are optimistic that the reaction to our recent statement would elicit a positive and pro active reaction from the Embassy While we pray for the repose of the souls of many students who have died in mysterious circumstances in TRNC we also pray and hope that only good stories would henceforth emanate from Northern Cyprus Above all what we have given is advisory in line with our citizens diplomacy One has option to either key into it or ignore It should not be misconstrued as exaggeration or an attempt to scare away potential travellers to TRNC Whether it is Nigerians killing Nigerians or drug related crimes there is some form of danger emanating from Northern Cyprus as alluded to in the ambassador s letter I do not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC as it happens in any part of the world However the occurrence of such incidents is certainly not a daily routine and all these cases are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly by the TRNC authorities Moreover since in many cases Nigerian citizens are not only victims but also perpetrators of crimes committed in the TRNC necessary measures will be taken by the relevant agencies in order to prevent young Nigerians and every other student from falling victim This is our concern as responsible Commission whose mandate is to oversee the welfare and well being of Nigerians even if it is only one person it is enough to exaggerate about on their protection and we are glad that the Ambassador has promised to take necessary measures In as much as we do advise our citizens to always be law abiding wherever they find themselves and be good ambassadors of the country Nigeria will not fold its arms and allow her citizens to be molested or killed in any unjustifiable manner while seeking for knowledge in a foreign land May we continue to witness peace love and mutual respect across the land the statement quoted Mrs A bike Dabiri Erewa Chairman of the commission as saying However the Turkish Ambassador in an open letter to the NiDCOM chief said he had read the recent statement of the commission s chairman warning Nigerian citizens against travelling to the TRNC He said he was compelled to express our reservations about the manner in which the allegations are framed as they are offhandedly publicised without any official lines of communication There are currently 50 561 international students from 145 countries and various teaching staff from 65 different countries in the TRNC Until now I have come across no other official statement aside from Mrs Dabiri Erewa s criticising the TRNC on such grounds he said He added that though he would not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC as it happens in any part of the world He said that his home government had taken necessary precautions recently making a new cooperation proposal to the United Nations UN to address the illegal migration issue by establishing a joint committee between the 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Northern Cyprus: Our role is advisory – NiDCOM

Diaspora Commission

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) says its primary role is to advise Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora.

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Abdur-Rahman Balogun

The commission made the clarification on Thursday in a statement by Abdur-Rahman Balogun, its Head of Media, Public Relations, and Protocol.

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Hidayet Bayraktar

The commission was reacting to a letter purportedly written to the commission by Mr Hidayet Bayraktar, the Ambassador of the Republic of Türkiye on the welfare of Nigerians living in Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC).
 

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It stated that firstly, no official letter was received till date “in our office except the unsigned one being circulated in the media.


“However, we thank the Ambassador and are glad that our recent media briefing has elicited his response pertaining to the unfortunate incidents in TRNC.

Turkish Embassy

“It will be recalled that Hon. Dabiri-Erewa and a team from NiDCOM had been to the Turkish Embassy twice to discuss issues related to Nigerians’ welfare in TRNC, but got no response from the Ambassador.

“It is on record that we received petitions on regular basis from Nigerians, especially parents whose children had been victims in one way or the other in TRNC.

Some of the deaths recorded in TRNC without any resolution from 2016 till date include:

Ibrahim Khaleel

“Mr Ibrahim Khaleel Bello (25), son of Justice Amina Ahmad Bello of Kaduna State High Court (2020); Kennedy Taomwabwa Dede, 28, student of Eastern Mediterranean University who was killed on Feb. 1, 2018.

Walshak Augustine Ngok

“Walshak Augustine Ngok, a student of Marine Engineering at Near East University, murdered on April 19, 2019. Gabriel Soriwei, a first year student of Electrical Electronics of Cyprus International University, Nicosia.

Osabanjo Adeola Owoyale

“Others are, Osabanjo Adeola Owoyale, 33, who went missing and was found dead on July 1, 2019; Augustine Wallies killed on April 19, 2019; Stanley Eteimo, ( 28); Hassan Babatunde, (28); Temitayo Adigun; Kubiat Abasi Abraham Okon; Oziegbe Gospower Airekugose; and Olasubomi Ope,” the commission indicated. 

Nigerians in TRNC

It appealed to the Turkish embassy to do all it could to protect Nigerians in TRNC, particularly students, and “we are optimistic that the reaction to our recent statement would elicit a positive and pro- active reaction from the Embassy.

Northern Cyprus

“While we pray for the repose of the souls of many students who have died in mysterious circumstances in TRNC, we also pray and hope that only good stories would henceforth emanate from Northern Cyprus.

“Above all, what we have given is advisory in line with our citizens diplomacy.

One has option to either key into it or ignore .

“It should not be misconstrued as exaggeration or an attempt to scare away potential travellers to TRNC.

Northern Cyprus

“Whether it is Nigerians killing Nigerians or drug-related crimes, there is some form of danger emanating from Northern Cyprus as alluded to in the ambassador’s letter.

“I do not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC, as it happens in any part of the world.

“However, the occurrence of such incidents is certainly not a daily routine and all these cases are taken seriously and investigated thoroughly by the TRNC authorities.

“Moreover, since in many cases, Nigerian citizens are not only victims, but also perpetrators of crimes committed in the TRNC, necessary measures will be taken by the relevant agencies in order to prevent young Nigerians and every other student from falling victim.

“This is our concern as responsible Commission whose mandate is to oversee the welfare and well being of Nigerians even if it is only one person, it is enough to exaggerate about on their protection, and we are glad that the Ambassador has promised to take necessary measures.

“In as much as we do advise our citizens to always be law abiding wherever they find themselves and be good ambassadors of the country, Nigeria will not fold its arms and allow her citizens to be molested or killed in any unjustifiable manner while seeking for knowledge in a foreign land.

“May we continue to witness peace, love, and mutual respect across the land,” the statement quoted Mrs A bike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman of the commission as saying.

Turkish Ambassador

However, the Turkish Ambassador in an open letter to the NiDCOM chief, said he had read the recent statement of the commission’s chairman warning Nigerian citizens against travelling to the TRNC. 

He said he was compelled to express “our reservations about the manner in which the allegations are framed, as they are offhandedly publicised without any official lines of communication.
 

“There are currently 50,561 international students from 145 countries and various teaching staff from 65 different countries, in the TRNC.

“Until now, I have come across no other official statement, aside from Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa’s, criticising the TRNC on such grounds,” he said.

He added that though he would not dispute that some unfortunate criminal incidents took place in the TRNC, as it happens in any part of the world.

United Nations

He said that his home government had taken necessary precautions recently making a new cooperation proposal to the United Nations (UN) to address the illegal migration issue, by establishing a joint committee between the authorities of the two sides on the Island, with the inclusion of the UN.

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