Visiting Nigerian Comedian Denied Entry by Airport Officials

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Visiting Nigerian Comedian Denied Entry by Airport Officials

Post by CEOCambodiaNews » Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:59 am

Visiting Nigerian Comedian Denied Entry by Airport Officials

by Ouch Sony and Matt Surrusco | August 1, 2016 | អានជាភាសាខ្មែរ

Idisi Akpobome, a Nigerian comedian who was scheduled to perform in Phnom Penh this weekend, says he was refused entry to Cambodia on Saturday after refusing to pay a $1,000 bribe to immigration officials at Phnom Penh International Airport.

An senior immigration official confirmed Mr. Akpobome was sent back to Kuala Lumpur on Saturday morning but denied that airport staff asked for a bribe.

Nigerian comedian Idisi Akpobome

Speaking from Malaysia on Sunday, the comedian, better known as Idisi Akpos, said he landed in Phnom Penh at about 10:40 a.m. on Saturday with plans to perform at Meta House that night and at the Redeemed Christian Church of God on Sunday morning.

“Everything happened so fast,” Mr. Akpobome said, explaining that when he landed he was pulled aside and interrogated.

A group of four immigration officials, he said, photocopied his passport and asked him why he was traveling to Cambodia and how much money he was carrying—even escorting him to an ATM to check his bank balance. At one point, he said, they asked him for $1,000 to enter the country.

Mr. Akpobome said he had acquired a three-month visa at the Cambodian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, booked a return ticket for Monday and reserved a hotel room in Phnom Penh for two nights. He said he was traveling with $50 in U.S. bills and about 300 Malaysian ringgit, roughly $75, as well as additional funds on two credit cards.

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