Nigeria Hunts for Binance Boss with INTERPOL

In a dramatic turn of events, the Nigerian Federal Government has officially enlisted the assistance of the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) in the pursuit of a high-ranking executive of the cryptocurrency giant, Binance. The executive, identified as Nadeem Anjarwalla, is currently the subject of an intense international manhunt after his unexpected escape from custody.

Anjarwalla, who holds dual British and Kenyan citizenship, was initially detained as part of a broader investigation into Binance’s operations in Nigeria, focusing on allegations of money laundering and tax evasion. Despite stringent security measures, the Binance official managed to flee using a smuggled passport, leading to the arrest of the officers responsible for his detention.

“The Federal Government, like other governments around the world, has been investigating money laundering and terrorism financing transactions perpetrated on the Binance currency exchange platform,” stated Mr. Zakari Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communication at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA). “Until his escape, Nadeem Anjarwalla was being tried by Nigerian courts.”

The ONSA confirmed that immediate steps were taken in collaboration with relevant security agencies, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), as well as the international community, to apprehend the suspect. “Security agencies are working with Interpol for an international arrest warrant on Nadeem Anjarwalla,” Mijinyawa added.

The case has drawn significant attention due to the high-profile nature of the suspect and the implications for the global cryptocurrency market. The Nigerian government’s proactive approach in reaching out to INTERPOL underscores the seriousness with which it views the situation.

As the search continues, the ONSA has called upon the public and the international community to provide any vital information that could assist law enforcement agencies in capturing Anjarwalla. The suspect was scheduled to reappear before the court on April 4, 2024, and his absence poses a substantial setback to the ongoing legal proceedings.

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The Federal Government’s actions reflect a determined stance against financial crimes and a commitment to upholding the rule of law. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced in regulating the complex and often opaque world of cryptocurrency transactions.

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