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Don’t go to Northern Cyprus, we can’t protect you there, FG warns Nigerians

“Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there.”

• August 25, 2022
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Credit: Twitter)

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

On Thursday, the Director-General of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, made the disclosure during the weekly ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there. Our students are being killed daily,” Ms Dabiri-Erewa said. “Some people will tell you that their destinies are abroad but if you want to go, go legally.”

Ms Dabiri-Erewa also warned that Northern Cyprus, only recognised by Turkiye, does not have the mechanisms that would enable the federal government to pursue justice for several Nigerian students killed in the de facto State.

This disclosure comes almost a month after Turkish-based rights group and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, (NAPTIP), raised concerns over the mass trafficking of young Nigerians, mostly females, to Northern Cyprus on the pretext of educational scholarships.

“There is absolutely no legal framework that protects and assists human trafficking victims and there is no shelter. Hence, victims are often exploited for months with no access to law enforcement. Even in rare cases, they are rescued, they are left with no assistance and protection from the authorities,” said the statement signed by the Head, Press and Public Relations Unit of NAPTIP, Stella Nezan.

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