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Fleeing Binance Executive Nadeem Anjarwalla Found in Kenya; Nigerian Authorities Push for Extradition

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  • Nadeem Anjarwalla, the regional manager for Binance in Africa, “fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport”
  • The personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect WAS arrested AFTER THE Binance Executive escaped.
  • A thorough investigation MIGHT have unravelled the circumstances that led to his escape from lawful detention and subsequent arrest in Kenya.
  • The Nigerian government has confirmed the discovery of Nadeem Anjarwalla in Kenya.
  • Anjarwalla’s escape from custody on March 22 sparked a nationwide manhunt.

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The Nigerian government has confirmed the discovery of Nadeem Anjarwalla, the fugitive executive of cryptocurrency exchange Binance, in Kenya.

According to sources within the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, disclosed that collaborative efforts between Nigerian and Kenyan authorities are underway to expedite Anjarwalla’s extradition back to Nigeria.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alongside INTERPOL, US, UK, Northern Ireland, and Kenyan authorities, has intensified discussions to ensure Anjarwalla’s swift return to face charges of tax evasion, currency speculation, and money laundering. Anjarwalla, along with Binance Holdings Limited and Tigran Gambaryan, faces five-count charges brought forth by the EFCC, following their arraignment on April 4, 2024.

Anjarwalla’s escape from custody on March 22 sparked a nationwide manhunt, leaving authorities scrambling to locate the elusive executive. The EFCC, which has now assumed full control of the case from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA), has been relentless in its pursuit of justice, signaling the government’s unwavering commitment to combat financial crimes.

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The crackdown on Binance by Nigerian authorities has been ongoing, with accusations of the exchange’s involvement in manipulating the country’s foreign exchange market. Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, revealed during the 293rd meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee in February that over $26 billion had been funneled through Binance without proper oversight, raising serious concerns about financial integrity and regulatory compliance.

As extradition proceedings progress, the case of Nadeem Anjarwalla serves as a stark reminder of the challenges posed by the global cryptocurrency industry and the imperative for robust regulatory frameworks to safeguard against illicit activities. The outcome of this high-profile extradition saga is poised to reverberate across international borders, shaping the future landscape of cryptocurrency regulation and enforcement.

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