Nigerian Government cracks down Binance Executive, faces Extradition

Nigerian authorities have located Nadeem Anjarwalla, a former executive of cryptocurrency giant Binance, who fled the country earlier while facing money laundering charges. Kenyan authorities reportedly found Anjarwalla in their country, and Nigeria has initiated extradition proceedings to bring him back to face trial.

It was reported earlier by Zebra News online that there is a massive hunt for him in collaboration with Interpol. He 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.

A confidential source in the Nigerian presidency has confirmed that efforts are being made to expedite the extradition of Anjarwalla, who is currently in Kenya. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the International Criminal Police, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Kenyan Police Service are working together to ensure his return to Nigeria. “We know where he is, and we’re collaborating with the authorities to bring him back,” the source said.

Anjarwalla’s escape sparked an international manhunt, with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) collaborating with Interpol, the international criminal police organization. According to EFCC spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren, “We received crucial support from Interpol in tracing Mr. Anjarwalla’s movements. This swift collaboration demonstrates our commitment to holding all suspected criminals accountable, regardless of their location.”

The charges against Anjarwalla stem from an alleged multi-million dollar money laundering scheme. Details remain unclear, but the EFCC accuses him of playing a central role in funneling illicit funds through Binance’s Nigerian operations. Binance, however, has denied any wrongdoing and claims to be cooperating fully with the investigation.

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“We take all allegations of illegal activity very seriously,” said a Binance spokesperson. “We have a strict anti-money laundering policy and have provided the EFCC with all the information requested. We are confident that a thorough investigation will clear our name.”

News of Anjarwalla’s capture has generated mixed reactions. Some Nigerians are relieved that he will face justice, while others question how he managed to escape custody in the first place.

“This is a positive step, but it also raises questions about how someone facing such serious charges could disappear,” said human rights lawyer Aisha Mohammed. “The EFCC needs to conduct a thorough review of its procedures to prevent similar situations in the future.”

Anjarwalla’s extradition process is expected to take several weeks, as legal formalities between Nigeria and Kenya are ironed out.

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