ONSA confirms escape of Binance boss, Anjarwalla

The Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) has confirmed the escape from lawful custody of Nadeem Anjarwalla, a suspect in the ongoing criminal probe into the activities of Binance, a cryptocurrency exchange company.

Mr. Zakari Mijinyawa, Head, Strategic Communication, ONSA, said in a statement on Monday in Abuja that Anjarwalla escaped on Friday.

Mijinyawa, however, said ONSA has taken immediate steps in conjunction with relevant security organisations, ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as the international community, to apprehend the suspect.

He said the security agencies were also working with Interpol on an international arrest warrant for the suspect.

According to him, a preliminary investigation shows that Anjarwalla fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport.

The ONSA spokesman said that the personnel responsible for the custody of the suspect had been arrested as the investigation continues to unravel the circumstances behind his escape.

Mijinyawa said the Nigerian government, like others around the world, has been investigating money laundering and terrorism financing transactions perpetrated on the Binance currency exchange platform.

Anjarwalla, who holds British and Kenyan passports, is Binance’s Africa regional manager and has been under a 14-day remand order by a court in Nigeria.

”He was scheduled to appear before the court again on April 4.

”We urge the Nigerian public and the international community to provide whatever information they have that can assist law enforcement agencies in apprehending the suspect,” he added. (NAN)

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