Nigerian Government Confirms Location of Fleeing Binance Executive, Pursues Extradition

Nigerian government has disclosed that Nadeem Anjarwalla, the Binance executive who had escaped custody in Nigeria, has been located in Kenya.

A source within the presidency, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed the progress, stating that efforts are underway to collaborate with Kenyan authorities to facilitate Anjarwalla’s extradition back to Nigeria.

“We know where he is. He is in Kenya, and we’re working with the authorities to bring him back to Nigeria”, the source stated.

The EFCC chairman, Ola Olukuyede, last month, in a statement, stressed that , “The EFCC is now partnering with the International Criminal Police Organisation, the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation, the government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Kenyan government, to effect the arrest and extradition of Mr Anjarwalla, the fugitive who fled from lawful custody in Nigeria.”

The commission had instituted five-count charges bordering on tax evasion, currency speculation and money laundering against Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan and Anjarwalla, the firm’s executives.

EFCC arraigned Binance and the two executives on Thursday, April 4, 2024. Recall that Anjarwalla escaped from custody on March 22 and has been at large since then.

Following Anjarwalla’s escape, the Nigerian government has transferred the case from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) to the EFCC.

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For months, the Nigerian government sustained its crackdown on Binance over its role in manipulating the country’s Foreign exchange market.

Recall that during the 293rd meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee in February, Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, revealed that over $26 billion had been funneled through Binance without proper documentation.