Person Responsible For Escape Of Binance Official Arrested, Says NSA 


The Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) has reacted over the reported escape of a Binance official, Nadeem Anjarwalla from the NSA custody.

Reports on Monday indicated that Anjarwalla, a 37-year-old British-Kenyan and Binance’s regional manager for Africa is believed to have flown out of Abuja using a Middle Eastern airliner, despite his British passport, is unknown.

In reaction, the NSA in a statement issued by its spokesperson, Zakari Mijinyawa, on Monday, said preliminary investigation shows that Anjarwalla fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport

The NSA also said the personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect have been arrested, and a thorough investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances that led to his escape from lawful detention.

It further urged the public and the international community to provide whatever information they have that can assist law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect.

Two of Binance’s top executives were arrested by Nigerian police for weeks on February 28. Anjarwalla, a 37-year-old British Kenyan who serves as Binance’s regional manager for Africa, and Tigran Gambaryan, a 39-year-old US citizen who oversees Binance’s financial crime compliance, were both employed by the company.

After arriving in Nigeria via plane, Anjarwalla and Gambaryan’s passports were confiscated by ONSA. Anjarwalla became unwell while being held in jail in Nigeria, and on March 12 he was moved to a nearby hospital. A federal high court in Abuja ordered Binance Holdings Limited to give the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) all of the detailed information about every Nigerian who trades on its platform after the two executives were arrested as part of a larger crackdown on cryptocurrency platforms.

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In addition, Binance has been charged with a crime and accused of tax evasion and non-registration with the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

Prior to this, the federal government had demanded at least $10 billion from Binance in retaliation for making money off of “its illegal transactions” in Nigeria.

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