Binance and its detained US exec face more charges in Nigeria

    2024.04.03 | exchangesranking | 71onlookers

    Troubled global cryptocurrency exchange Binance is facing more issues in Nigeria as its United States-based executive Tigran Gambaryan remains detained in the country.

    Nigeria has introduced more charges against Binance despite the exchange trying to find dialogue with local regulators, The Wall Street Journal reported on April 3.

    Binance has been actively working with authorities in Nigeria since local regulators blamed the crypto exchange for helping crash its fiat currency, the Nigerian naira, in February 2024.

    Bayo Onanuga, the presidential adviser on information and strategy, suggested banning platforms like Binance in the country.

    In response to the threat of the ban, two senior Binance executives, including Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla, came to Nigeria to attempt to find a dialogue with local authorities.

    However, both were detained even after Binance urgently delisted all naira transactions and stopped peer-to-peer naira transactions in February.

    The WSJ’s report on new charges comes amid Binance releasing a new statement urging Nigerian authorities to let go of Gambaryan.

    The exchange argued that the exec has “decision-making power” at the company and should not be held responsible while discussions are ongoing between Binance and Nigerian government officials.

    While Gambaryan remains arrested in Nigeria, Anjarwalla, another co-accused Binance exec, reportedly escaped the country using a fake passport in March. According to local reports, Anjarwalla fled detention March 22, after he was taken to a nearby mosque for prayers.

    This is a developing story, and further information will be added as it becomes available.

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