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Terrorism Financing: ONSA confirms Binance Executive Nadeem Anjarwalla escapes from custody in Nigeria

Mr. Nadeem Anjarwalla, Binance Africa Regional Manager

*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

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) says it has confirmed that Mr. Nadeem Anjarwalla, a suspect in the ongoing criminal probe into the activities of Binance Nigeria, escaped from lawful custody Friday, March 22, 2024.

Zakari U. Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communication Office of the NSA, who disclosed this development in a statement issued Monday, March 25, said upon receiving the report, the Office took immediate steps, in conjunction with relevant security agencies, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), as well as the international community to apprehend the fleeing suspect.

The statement noted: “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 Federal Government also said that the personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect had been arrested, and a thorough investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances that led to his escape from lawful detention.

It is recalled 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.

The Office of the NSA further explained that until his escape, Anjarwalla, who holds British and Kenyan nationalities, and is 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,” stated ONSA.

Mijinyawa stated: “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.”

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