June 21, 2024

FG warns Nigerians to avoid Northern Cyprus

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The Federal Government has asked Nigerians against travelling to the controversial State of Northern Cyprus, citing the human rights abuses meted out to Nigerians in the country.

According to The Nation, Director-General of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said this during the weekly Ministerial Briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She also warned the country, which is only recognised by Turkiye, does not have robust mechanisms that would enable the Federal Government to pursue justice for several Nigerian students killed in the de facto state.

Officially called the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Northern Cyprus is a de facto state that comprises the northeastern portion of the island of Cyprus.

Recognised only by Turkiye, Northern Cyprus is largely considered by the United Nations and the international community to be part of the Republic of Cyprus.

Dabiri-Erewa, who noted that several Nigerians are being maltreated and killed in the region, said, “Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there. Our students are being killed daily.”

She also dismissed the fears of Nigerians in the Diaspora that their business interests in the country may be jeopardised by the prevailing security situation.

She acknowledged insecurity in parts of the country, noting the Federal Government was doing all necessary to resolve the situation.

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