It’s been revealed by the Head of Mission, Syria embassy in Nigeria, Dr. Shafik Daiyob, that Nigerian supporters of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS), usually obtained visas to join the terrorist group in Syria from the Turkish embassy in Nigeria.
Daiyob disclosed to Punch Newspapers that quite a number of ISIS sympathisers entered Syria illegally through Turkey, after being given visas by the Turkish embassy.
The envoy supposedly spoke through an interpreter in an interview on Friday.
Read below, his submission in part;
“I am not accusing Turkey, but the Turkish officials have announced that and their utterances are quite clear on this and most countries in the world know this fact. Even United States has mounted pressure on Turkey to stop facilitation of terrorist organisations into Syria, it is not a secret, it’s well known all over the world.”
“Most of these ISIS sympathisers were from Nigeria, they were given the Turkish visas here in Nigeria, they are given visas to Turkey not Syria. Those who applied to our embassy are not ISIS sympathisers and they don’t share that ideology. Even those Nigerian supporters of ISIS that were published in the papers reached Syria through Turkey.”
“For Nigerians, they are required to state why they are going to Syria, their sponsor, introduction letter from the government or private company the applicant is working with, information about where the person would stay in Syria and so on. The information would be sent to Damascus for approval before the visa is issued. This process doesn’t take more than two weeks.”
“Turkish/Syrian border is about 920 km and a large part of the border is under the control of terrorists supported by the Turkish government with support and facilitation from the Turkish government. That was how Turkey became a crossing point for majority of terrorists who come from all over the world.”