- The Nigerian man riding his bike from London, UK to Lagos, Nigeria has revealed that police, custom, and touts extorted N124,000 ($300) from him
- He said the ugly experience happened in Mauritania which he has declared the worse country out of the 75 nations he has visited in his life
- According to Kunle Adeyanju, he was charged more than ten times the normal price of crossing on a boat from Mauritania to Senegal
- He said the authorities and thugs threatened him with guns when he refused to pay and he had no option but to part with the said sum against his wish
Brave biker, Kunle Adeyanju has disclosed how security authorities in Mauritania extorted the sum of N124,000 ($300) from him.
He said the nasty experience happened at the border between Mauritania and Senegal where he had to cross into Senegal by boat.
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5 munites ride costs him N124k
According to Kunle who is riding on his bike from London, UK to Lagos Nigeria, he was charged an exorbitant amount which is at least ten times higher than the normal fare because he is a foreigner.
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He however said he refused to pay the fare saying he would rather go back. The police and custom refused to allow him to go back saying he must proceed since his bike had entered their premises.
Kunle said he parted with the money which is equivalent to $300 against his wish. He shared his nasty experience in a viral tweet:
"This morning I rode from Nouakchott to Ross a border station where I took the 5 minutes ferry crossing to St Louis, in Senegal. When I got to Rosso, as usual the immigration and custom ignored me completely and kept directing me to go and engage their tout.
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"A ferry crossing that was suppose to cost 40 euro, they wanted to collect 40euro from me. I refused and they were almost trying to threaten me with their guns, and when I said I was going back, they refused that I can’t leave with my bike, since it already entered their premises.
"The Police, Immigration, Customs all worked together as a cartel to extort and make life hell for foreigners. In the heat of all these problems I had not choice but to part with $300."
Watch the interesting video of his crossing below:
Social media users react
When he shared the story of his ugly experience on Twitter, many took to the comment section to react to it. Here are a few of the comments:
"Please go to YouTube and check different travel videos, I'm sure you'll will understand better. This is not speaking bad of any country he's just giving update on his trip."
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"Bros be courageous, Be strong and confident, nothing do you, don't forget that Nigerian immigration and police could do worst than their Mauritanian counterparts."
Biker, Kunle Adeyanju arrives in Senegal
In a related story, Legit.ng reported that Kunle Adeyanju who is riding from London to Lagos on his bike has arrived in Senegal.
Kunle announced the major milestone in his 12,000km journey through his Twitter handle.
Kunle commenced the journey in Aprile and is expected to arrive in Lagos, Nigeria after 25 days ride.