The Federal Government on Monday denied reports making the round that Nigeria had agreed to extradite 1000 Turkish nationals, at the request of Turkish Government over terrorism.
The denial was made in a statement issued by the Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, via his media aide, Sarah Sanda, on Monday in Abuja
Onyeama said the attention of his ministry had been drawn to some media reports credited to him over alleged extradition plan of Turkish nationals from Nigeria.
The reports had quoted Onyeama as saying on Saturday that “there was a request for the extradition of some Turks in Nigeria who have been given asylum and recognised by the UN as political refugees and the Turkish government requested that we extradite some of them.
“There was also a request that the schools and hospitals established by Gülen Movement should be closed in Nigeria. They now labelled them Fethtulah (FETO) as a terrorist organisation”.
The Minister was quoted to have made the disclosure at a news conference, in Istanbul, during the wrap up of President Buhari’s four-day visit to Ankara and the D8 meeting.
It also quoted Onyeama as saying that President Buhari assured President Erdogan that Nigeria would not allow its territory to be used as a breeding ground for any terrorist or group of individuals with the aim of destabilising Turkey.
“The point was made and Mr President with regard to the Gülen movement that under no circumstances would Nigeria allow itself to be a base for the destabilisation of Turkey.”
However, the minister yesterday said that Nigeria did not enter into any agreement with any nation to extradite its nationals.
He assured all foreigners living in Nigeria legally that their protection is guaranteed.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Ministry wishes to state in clear terms that, no such agreement was entered into.
“Every individual, of whatever nationality, legally residing in Nigeria is guaranteed full protection under Nigerian and international laws,” he said.