National Security Adviser Reveals How Binance Executive Escaped From Custody

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The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has given details how Binance Executive Nadeem Anjarwalla escaped from detention.

According to ONSA, Anjarwalla escaped using a smuggled passport. It further stated that the staff in charge of Anjarwalla’s custody had been arrested pending an inquiry.

However, ONSA stated that security services were collaborating with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) to monitor the suspect and re-arrest him.

Zakari U. Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communication, Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), issued a statement providing an update on the Binance Executive.

The statement says:

“The Office of the National Security Adviser confirms that Nadeem Anjarwalla, a suspect in the ongoing criminal probe into the activities of Binance in Nigeria has escaped from lawful custody on Friday, 22 March 2024. 
 
“Upon receiving this report, this office took immediate steps, in conjunction with relevant security agencies , MDAs, as well as the international community, to  apprehend the suspect. Security agencies are working with Interpol for an international arrest warrant on the suspect . 
 
“Preliminary investigation shows that Mr Anjarwalla fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport. 
 
“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.
 
“Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria, like other governments around the world, has been investigating money laundering and terrorism financing transactions perpetrated on the Binance currency exchange platform. 
 
“Until his escape, Nadeem Anjarwalla, who holds British and Kenyan nationalities and serving as Binance’s Africa regional manager, was being tried by Nigerian courts.
 
“The suspect escaped while under a 14-day remand order by a court in Nigeria. He was  scheduled to appear before the court again on 4 April 2024. “
The message requested Nigerians to contribute vital information about the fugitive criminal.
“We urge the Nigerian  public and the international community to provide whatever information they have that can assist law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect,” it added.

Recall that The federal government has penalized Binance, a popular cryptocurrency trading platform.FG fined the platform a staggering $10 billion for allegedly affecting the country’s forex crisis.

Bayo Onanuga, President Bola Tinubu’s special adviser on information and strategy, announced this in an interview with the BBC on Friday morning.

According to Onanuga, Binance benefitted handsomely from its “illegal transactions” in Nigeria, while the country incurred significant losses.

Onanuga said that Binance is not registered in Nigeria and has no presence there. He said that users exploited the platform to arbitrarily establish dollar-naira rates, which harmed the value of the local currency.

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