BREAKING: Tinubu’s government confirms escape of Binance executive from custody

The government of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has confirmed the escape of the Binance regional manager for Africa, Nadeem Anjarwalla.

Zakari Mijinyawa, head of strategic communication at the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) who confirmed this in a statement issued on Monday, said; “preliminary investigation shows that Mr. Anjarwalla fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport”.

According to him, personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect has been arrested and investigation has begun.

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“The personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect have been arrested, and a thorough investigation is ongoing to unravel the circumstances that led to his escape from lawful detention,” the statement reads.

Earlier, it was reported that the Binance executive escaped from the Abuja guest house where he and his colleague were detained, on March 22.

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Anjarwalla was said to have escaped after guards on duty led him to a nearby mosque for prayers in the spirit of the ongoing Ramadan fast.

He is believed to have flown out of Abuja using a Middle Eastern airliner — but how he got on an international flight despite his British passport, was unknown.

ONSA said “upon receiving this report, this office took immediate steps, in conjunction with relevant security agencies, MDAs, as well as the international community, to apprehend the suspect”.

“Security agencies are working with Interpol for an international arrest warrant on the suspect,” the statement added.

“Recall that the Federal Government of Nigeria, like other governments around the world, has been investigating money laundering and terrorism financing transactions perpetrated on the Binance currency exchange platform.

“Until his escape, Nadeem Anjarwalla, who holds British and Kenyan nationalities and serving as Binance’s Africa regional manager, was being tried by Nigerian courts.

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“The suspect escaped while under a 14-day remand order by a court in Nigeria. He was scheduled to appear before the court again on 4 April 2024.

“We urge the Nigerian public and the international community to provide whatever information they have that can assist law enforcement agencies to apprehend the suspect.”

Meanwhile, Binance in reaction to the development said the safety of its Manager remains top priority.

The firm stressed that it is working with the Nigerian authorities to resolve the issue.

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