The federal government through the Nigerian Commission of the Diaspora (NIDCOM) has advised Nigerians to refrain from traveling to Northern Cyprus.
Abike Dabiri-Erewa, head of the commission issued the warning at a ministerial press conference at the parliament building in Abuja on Thursday.
According to her, Nigerians face human rights violations and are being killed in the country.
Dabiri-Erewa said Northern Cyprus is only recognized by Turkiye and does not have a strong mechanism to allow the federal government to seek justice for several Nigerian students killed there.
“Think twice before going to Northern Cyprus. We can’t do much for Nigerians there. Our students are being killed daily,” she said.
“Some people will tell you that their destinies are abroad but if you want to go, go legally.”
Regarding the evacuation of Nigerians from Libya, Abike Dabiri said more than 10,000 citizens have been evacuated so far.
She also said about 2,000 Nigerian students stranded in Ukraine at the start of the conflict had safely returned home.
She said students psychologically affected by the conflict received appropriate counseling before being educated online or onsite by enrolling in private universities in the country to continue their programs.