Detained Binance Executive Nadeem Anjarwalla Reportedly Escapes From Custody, Flee Nigeria

Detained Binance Executive Reportedly Escapes From Custody, Flee Nigeria

Nadeem Anjarwalla, one of the Binance executives imprisoned for alleged tax evasion and other charges, has reportedly fled police custody.

According to Premiumtimes, Anjarwalla, 38, fled from the Abuja guest home where he and a coworker were arrested on Friday, March 22, when security took him to a nearby mosque for Ramadan prayers.

The Briton, who also holds Kenyan citizenship, is said to have flown out of Abuja on a Middle Eastern plane.

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It is unclear how Mr Anjarwalla was able to board an international flight even though his British passport, which he used to enter Nigeria, is still in the control of Nigerian officials.

Authorities are also claimed to be seeking to uncover his intended destination in a bid to get him back into custody.

An immigration official stated that the Binance executive departed Nigeria using a Kenyan passport. He did, however, say that officials were investigating how he acquired the passport, given that he had no other travel documents (other than the British passport) on him when he was apprehended.

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Another source stated that the two officials were housed in a “comfortable guest house” and given extensive liberties, including the use of cellphones, which Mr Anjarwalla is thought to have used to organize his escape.

When notified Sunday night about the Binance executive’s escape from arrest, Zakari Mijinyawa, Head of Strategic Communication at the Office of the National Security Adviser, stated he will investigate and respond. So yet, he has not done so  as of the time of filing this report.

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Mr Anjarwalla, Binance’s Africa regional manager, and Tigran Gambaryan, a US citizen overseeing financial crime compliance at the crypto exchange platform, were detained upon their arrival in Nigeria on 26 February 2024

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