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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Etoo cancels charity game in the wake of military coup in Turkey

Reports say hundreds of Nigerian holiday-makers and business passengers are now stranded at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport and they are not allowed to leave the premises in the wake of a military coup in Turkey.

Most of the passengers are in transit and have been at the airport for over 15 hours.

An official said there were some low-flying war planes earlier today, but the situation is currently calm even though there is no information about when they can leave.

 “The situation was scary, but it’s calm now. I just want to go home,” says Mrs Angela Okubanjo.

According to another passenger from Lagos, dozens of stranded airline passengers are walking long hallways, tired, frustrated and scared. This has been the scene and is the picture currently at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.

One of this passenger tweeted: "Turkish Airlines you are not telling the truth. Nothing is normal here. There is no responsible person, no guide, no personnel in IST airport.

Another response: There's no Turkish Airlines flight in and out? The announcement Turkish Airlines is resuming operation is total bluff?

An estimated 90 people have been killed and over 1000 injured after the army fired on people trying to cross the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, and all the airports are in lockdown.

Reports from the country say that hundreds of army officers have been arrested.

President Erdogan is defiant and called on the Turkish people to resist the military, but tanks were still patrolling as of early Saturday morning.
Meanwhile football star Samuel Eto has cancelled a charity match arranged for the anniversary of his foundation with most stars already in Turkey for the game Saturday.
Nigeria's Kanu Nwankwo and Austin Okocha are also in Turkey for the game.

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