The Nigerian government through its Diaspora Commission has demanded justice for a Nigerian student, Ibrahim Khaleel Bello, who was killed in Cyprus in the course of studying abroad.
Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Chairman Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) made the demand following the death of the 25-year old Nigerian student in Northern Cyprus, Mr Ibrahim Khaleel Bello, and others killed in mysterious circumstances in the country.
The Commission stated in a Twitter thread that “Ibrahim Khaleel Bello was among about 100 Nigerians killed and murdered in mysterious circumstances from 2016 to 2020 without prosecuting any of the assailants.”
Mrs Dabiri made a plea for justice following a petition by Hon. Justice Amina Ahmad Bello, a Judge in Kaduna state High Court on the mysterious and inexplicable death of her son, a third-year Civil Engineering Degree student of Girne American University in Girne (Kyrenia), Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus ( TRNC) via Mersin 10, Turkey, in Abuja on Monday.
Dabiri-Erewa called on Nigerians especially Students and parents to be wary of sending their wards to Northern Cyprus as the country is not recognized by the United Nations except the Republic of Turkey, adding that Nigeria has no diplomatic ties with that country.
She insisted that the country should be blacklisted given the preponderance of Nigerian Students who have died mysteriously in that country without any prosecution or compensation whatsoever.
She assured the delegation led by Justice Bello, that NIDCOM will work with the Ministry of Justice, Nigerian Mission in Turkey and other relevant agencies to ensure justice prevailed.
She added that “the death of Ibrahim Khaleel Bello should be a tipping point to end the continuous killings of Nigerian students in that Country.”
Dabiri-Erewa stated that most of the courses Nigerians parents send their kids to Northern Cyprus Universities to study are not accredited and they end up killing the children, many of them unreported.
She said: “The time has come for us to blacklist all these Universities in Northern Cyprus and advise our students from seeking any form of admission there as it portends danger to their life and future.”
She added that the office of the Attorney General of the Federation has already reported the matter to Interpol for further investigation.