Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Nigerian mother wails as son goes missing in Northern Cyprus

The son was schooling in the troubled country, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said in a statement on Friday.

• September 10, 2022
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa
Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa (Credit: Twitter)

A mother, Dije Ibraheem, has cried out for help over loss of contact with her 28-year-old child who has been reported missing in Northern Cyprus since August 2.

The son was schooling in the troubled country, the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission said in a statement on Friday.

NiDCOM spokesman Abdur-Rahman Balogun said that the disappearance of the student was reported to the commission by Ms Ibraheem.

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.

He said that the missing student, AbdulSamad Abubakar, had called the mother on August 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 whereabouts 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, Mr 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, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

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

Mr 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 conjunction with the Nigerian 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 Ms 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.

Turkey’s Ambassador to Nigeria, 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.

(NAN)

We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

World

Japan holds state funeral for assassinated ex-PM Shinzo Abe

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been laid to rest in an elaborate state funeral amid anti-funeral protests.

Hot news Home top

King Charles III coins to enter circulation, replace Queen Elizabeth’s: Royal Mint

Approximately 27 billion coins are circulating in the UK with the queen’s image, and these will be replaced over time as they become damaged or worn.

Hot news Home top

APC brought hardship on Nigerians, says Akeredolu’s ex-commissioner, defects to PDP

“The APC has brought so much suffering to the people, and anybody with sympathy for the people must exit the party,” Mrs Adeyanju said.

Hot news Home top

PWDs hail emergence of deaf as Abia traditional ruler

“This community has further buttressed the fact that there is ability in disability,” said JONAPWD.

Nigerian Army Headquarters. [PHOTO CREDIT: Civil Military Affairs]

Hot news Home top

Suspected kidnappers nabbed, five people rescued: Nigerian Army

The 2 Brigade Nigerian Army in Uyo says its troops have arrested two suspected kidnappers and rescued five victims on Monday.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Education

Buhari regime mentally lazy, suffering from military hangover by forcing VCs to reopen universities: ASUU

“This is clearly a replica of, or a hangover from, a typical military administration,” said the ASUU coordinator.