Interpol Joins Hunt for Escaped Binance Executive in Nigeria

Interpol Joins Hunt for Escaped Binance Executive in Nigeria
Interpol Joins Hunt for Escaped Binance Executive in Nigeria

Nigerian Government Collaborates with Interpol for Extradition of Escaped Binance Executive

The Nigerian government is coordinating with Interpol to extradite Nadeem Anjarwalla, a regional manager for Binance Africa who escaped detention in the country. The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is collaborating with Interpol, the FBI, and the governments of Britain and Kenya to apprehend and return Anjarwalla.

Anjarwalla was initially detained in Nigeria as part of an investigation into crypto exchanges. However, he escaped custody on March 22 while attending Ramadan prayers at a nearby mosque. The executive, who holds dual British and Kenyan citizenship, is believed to have fled using his Kenyan passport.

Money Laundering Charges and Extraddition Request

Following Anjarwalla's escape, the EFCC charged him, Binance Holdings Limited, and his colleague Tigran Gambaryan with money laundering amounting to $35,400,000. The Federal High Court in Abuja is scheduled to arraign the defendants on Thursday.

EFCC Source:
"He would be arraigned on Thursday this week, alongside Binance and his colleague, the exchange's Head of Financial Crime Compliance Tigran Gambaryan."

The Nigerian government considers Anjarwalla a fugitive and is determined to bring him back to face the charges against him. The EFCC has taken over the case from the Office of the National Security Adviser and is working with Interpol to secure his extradition.

Legal Challenges and Tax Evasion Charges

Gambaryan, who remains detained, has filed a lawsuit against the Nigerian government for violating his fundamental human rights. He alleges that the seizure of his passport contravenes the country's constitution and is demanding an apology for his detention.

In a separate development, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has filed tax evasion charges against Binance, Anjarwalla, and Gambaryan. The charges are unrelated to the money laundering case and highlight the complex legal challenges facing the cryptocurrency exchange in Nigeria.

Binance and EFCC Response

Decrypt has reached out to Binance and the EFCC for comment on the extradition request and legal proceedings. The story will be updated if either party responds.

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