“FG Issues Arrest Warrant for Escaped Binance Executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla”



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The Federal Government has taken decisive action following the escape of one of the detained executives of Binance, Nadeem Anjarwalla. An international arrest warrant has been issued through the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) to apprehend Anjarwalla, who fled from lawful custody on Friday.

According to the Office of the National Security Adviser, Anjarwalla, a suspect in the investigation into Binance’s activities in Nigeria, used a Kenyan passport to escape, while his colleague remains in custody. The escape, which shocked security agencies, saw Anjarwalla fleeing from Abuja via a Middle East airliner. Binance’s Nigerian branch confirmed his departure from the country, pledging cooperation with security agencies.

Anjarwalla was reportedly kept in a ‘safe house’ guarded by soldiers, and the security guards on duty have been detained. The Office of the National Security Adviser stated that efforts, including collaboration with Interpol, are underway to apprehend the suspect, who fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport.

The statement also revealed that personnel responsible for Anjarwalla’s custody have been arrested, and investigations are ongoing to understand the circumstances surrounding his escape. Anjarwalla, who holds British and Kenyan nationalities, was under a 14-day remand order by a Nigerian court at the time of his escape, scheduled to appear before the court again on April 4, 2024.

The public and international community have been urged to provide any information that could lead to Anjarwalla’s arrest. This incident comes amidst ongoing investigations into Binance’s operations in Nigeria, with the company facing allegations of money laundering and terrorism financing.

Anjarwalla’s escape has stirred controversy and raised questions about security protocols surrounding his detention. Investigations are ongoing to determine his intended destination and the circumstances of his escape. Binance, in response, confirmed that Anjarwalla is no longer in Nigerian custody and assured cooperation with Nigerian authorities to resolve the matter swiftly. However, details regarding Anjarwalla’s departure from custody remain unclear, prompting authorities to intensify efforts to locate and apprehend him.

The detention of Binance officials in Nigeria follows the government’s crackdown on various cryptocurrency trading platforms, including Binance. The exchange recently halted its naira-to-dollar exchange services in Nigeria due to disputes with Nigerian authorities over foreign exchange rate manipulation accusations.

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Samson Gbenga Salau [Editorial Board Adviser] Gbenga Samuel Salau is a professional journalist with over 17 years experience in journalism, he is a graduate of Communication and Language Arts, University of Ibadan. On completion of his youth service, he joined The Guardian as a freelance journalist and was later absorbed as a staff. While in the University, he was a campus journalist reporting for the Independence Hall and Faculty of Arts Press Clubs. As a campus journalist, he won the following awards; Independence Hall Press Best News writer; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best News Reporter/Writer; First Runner-up, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism; Association of Faculty of Arts Students’ Press Best Reporter; University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Political Writer; Winner, Reuben Abati Award for Investigative Journalism, and University of Ibadan Union of Campus Journalists’ Best Interviewer. He served the Association of Communication and Language Arts Students, as the Public Relation Officer, the same year he was appointed the News Editor of the Association of Faculty of Arts Students Press. The following session, he was made the General Editor, and a member of the 13-man University of Ibadan Students’ Union Transition Committee. As a reporter in The Guardian, in 2014, he won the Promasidor Quill Award Best Report on Nutrition and DAME Business Reporting category. In the 2015 edition of the Promasidor Quill Award, he won the best Report on Nutrition and Brand Advocate Categories, while in 2016, he won the NMMA Print Journalist of the Year, first runner-up Golden Pen Reporter of the Year and SERAs CSR Awards. Gbenga Salau loves traveling, reading, and listening to songs with good lyrics no matter the genre.

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