Why I Was Denied Entry into Cote d'Ivoire, Nigerian Biker, Kunle Adeyanju Speaks, Shares Interesting Video

Why I Was Denied Entry into Cote d'Ivoire, Nigerian Biker, Kunle Adeyanju Speaks, Shares Interesting Video

  • Determined Nigerian biker, Kunle Adeyanju who is riding from London to Lagos has spoken out after he was denied entry into Cote d'Ivoire
  • Legit.ng reached out to Kunle and he confirmed that he returned to Mali after the unfortunate incident, but said Nigerian embassies are handling the matter
  • Kunle said he was denied entry because the border control authorities in Cote d'Ivoire had issues with the laissez-passer issued to him in Mali

Lion Heart, Kunle Adeyanju who is riding on his bike was on Sunday, May 15, denied entry into Cote d'Ivoire when he wanted to enter the country from neighbouring Mali.

Legit.ng reached out to Kunle to find out exactly why and he said that the border authorities at the Mali-Cote d'Ivoire border had issues with a permit (laissez-passer) issued to him by the Nigerian Embassy in Mali.

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Kunle Adeyanju denied entry into Cote d'Ivoire.
Kunle said Nigerian embassies in Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali are sorting out the matter. Photo credit: YouTube.Lion Heart and Twitter/@lionheart1759.
Source: UGC

What is a laissez-passer?

A laissez-passer is a travel document issued by an authority, granting unrestricted access to its holder. It is a kind of permit that when presented by the holder, allows him or her entry into a country or an area.

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The laissez-passer Kunle presented at the Cote d' Ivoire border was issued to him by the Nigerian Embassy in Mali just in case he encountered any problems on his way. As an ECOWAS citizen with a Nigerian passport, Kunle didn't really need such a permit but was issued one as a precaution.

Kunle told Legit.ng that the border authorities rejected the permit, saying it was supposed to be issued by the Nigerian Embassy in Cote d'Ivoire, and not Mali.

Things will be sorted out

Kunle had to ride back to Mali to wait for the situation to be sorted out by the three cluster Nigerian embassies in Mali, Cote d'Ivoire and Burkina Faso.

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But on a positive note, Kunle shared an interesting video of him riding with Malian bikers and it is all nice to see. He said Malian bikers are the best.

Police, customs, touts, extort N124k from Kunle in Mauritania-Senegal border

In a related story, Legit.ng reported that Kunle Adeyanju said he paid the sum of N124k at the Mauritania-Senegal border.

The biker said the money he paid was for a boat ride to cross him into Senegal.

He lamented how he was treated in Mauritania, saying it was his worse experience so far.

Source: Legit.ng

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Israel Usulor (Human-Interest editor) Israel Usulor is a journalist who has 9 years of experience. He worked at The Prime Newspaper and has published articles in TheCable Newspaper. Israel graduated with distinction from Fidei Polytechnic (Mass Commun, 2016). Israel has interviewed Zannah Mustapha, the man who helped negotiate the release of Chibok Girls, and Kunle Adeyanju, who rode a bike from London to Lagos. He covered exclusive stories on Chef Dami during her Guinness World Records cookathon. Email: israel.usulor@corp.legit.ng.

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