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  • Updated: April 19, 2024

FIRS to file charges against fleeing Binance executive

FIRS to file charges against fleeing Binance executive

The Federal High Court in Abuja has set May 17 as the hearing date for the Federal Inland Revenue Service's (FIRS) appeal to serve the charge against Nadeem Anjarwalla, a key executive of Binance Holdings Limited who fled from detention while awaiting trial.

Moses Ideho, Counsel for FIRS, hinted at plans to serve the charge of the fleeing defendant on Tigran Gambaryan, the defendant who has been accessible since the case began.

This comes only days after the Presiding Judge, Justice Emeka Nwite, determined that it was lawful to serve the charge against Binance, the case's initial defendant.

The judge allowed the prosecution's application, ruling that the defendant may represent the cryptocurrency exchange company. 

Chukwuka Ikwazuonu, the defendant's attorney, argued that it was improper to serve a criminal charge against another defendant on his client, causing the court to defer the case for a decision on the form of service.

Allnews.ng had reported that Anjarwalla escaped from the National Security Adviser's (NSA) custody last month. He was a suspect in the Federal Government's ongoing investigation into Binance's operations in Nigeria.    

“The Office of the National Security Adviser confirms that Nadeem Anjarwalla, a suspect in the ongoing criminal probe into the activities of Binance in Nigeria has escaped from lawful custody on Friday, 22 March 2024,” the NSA Office said.

Following receipt of the report, the NSA Office took quick action, working with appropriate security agencies, MDAs, and the international community to capture the suspect.

“Preliminary investigation shows that Mr Anjarwalla fled Nigeria using a smuggled passport,” it said.

“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.”

Until his escape, Anjarwalla, Binance's Africa Regional Manager and a British and Kenyan citizen was facing a trial in Nigerian courts.

The culprit fled while on a 14-day remand order from a court. He was set to appear before it again on April 4, 2024.

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