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Binance Executive Found in Kenya after Fleeing Nigeria; Extradition Process Begins

Binance Executive Found in Kenya after Fleeing Nigeria; Extradition Process Begins

The Nigerian government has located Nadeem Anjarwalla, a Binance executive who escaped custody in Nigeria, in Kenya.

A source from the presidency confirmed this development while speaking anonymously. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), International Criminal Police (INTERPOL), Nigeria Police Force, and Kenyan Police Service are in discussions to speed up Anjarwalla’s extradition.

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

Last month, EFCC chairman Ola Olukuyede stated that they are collaborating with INTERPOL, along with authorities from the US, UK, Northern Ireland, and Kenya, to extradite Anjarwalla, who has been evading capture.

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.

Meanwhile, the government confirmed that EFCC had fully taken over the case of Binance from the Office of the National Security Adviser, ONSA.

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

During the 293rd meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee, MPC, in February, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Olayemi Cardoso, had said that more than $26 billion had been funnelled through Binance without a trace.

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