Diaspora - Others Updated: February 07, 2023

Turkey Earthquake: Nigerian Community Speaks On Casualties

By Sydney Elike
February 07, 2023

In the aftermath of the earthquake in Turkey that has left thousands dead, the Nigerian community has stated that it is yet to ascertain the number of Nigerians affected.

This comes following an earlier report about how Emmanuel Olaitan Johnson, a Nigerian residing in the foreign nation managed to survive the natural disaster with his family.

In a chat with Punch on Tuesday, the Financial Secretary of the community, Taofik Amuni, disclosed that no Nigerian lost their lives in the earthquake.

Amuni added that they are yet to find out Nigerians who have been displaced.

“The incident happened yesterday and no Nigerian has lost their life.


"We are yet to, however, ascertain the number of Nigerians who might have been displaced.

“From the news we gathered, just one Ghanaian footballer was said to have been missing with his Turkish friend.

"For now we are just hearing figures of people who have died in the earthquake and the injured ones, also the ones that are still in the wreckage.”

Additionally, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Turkish zone, Yakubu Sabo, revealed that some Nigerian students were taken in by Turkish officials for post-shock analysis.

“Turkey is an earthquake-prone area. Some of our new students were traumatised and have been taken in for post-shock analysis.


"They will be released as soon as they are certified okay. The old students are already used to it.

"We will provide more updates along the line”, Sabo stated.

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