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Binance confirms escape of Anjarwalla from Nigeria

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Global cryptocurrency exchange platform, Binance has confirmed that its official, Mr Nadeem Anjarwalla, who is the Africa regional manager had escaped from custody in Nigeria.

This medium reported that Mr Nadeem Anjarwalla who is currently facing tax evasion charges escaped from Abuja guest house where he and his colleague, Tigran Gambaryan, a US citizen were detained after guards on duty led him to a nearby mosque for prayers in the spirit of the ongoing Ramadan fast.

The duo are in charge of overseeing financial crime compliance at the crypto exchange platform.

Though, is still unclear how Mr Anjarwalla boarded an international flight despite his British passport being confiscated by the Nigerian authorities after they were taken into custody on 26 February 2024.

An Immigration official said the Binance executive escaped from Nigeria on a Kenyan passport. He however, said authorities were trying to unravel how he obtained the passport, given that he had no other travel document.

“The two officials were detained at a “comfortable guest house” and allowed many rights, including the use of telephones, a privilege Mr Anjarwalla is believed to have taken advantage of to plot an escape”, a source familiar with the development said.

While confirming the report of his escape, the image maker for Binance, Samantha Fuller, said that Anjarwalla was no longer in Nigeria.

According to the crypto exchange, its concern continues to be the safety and well-being of its employees, and it is actively collaborating with Nigerian authorities to swiftly resolve the matter.

“We were made aware that Nadeem is no longer in Nigerian custody. Our primary focus remains on the safety of our employees, and we are working collaboratively with Nigerian authorities to quickly resolve this issue,” Fuller announced.

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