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Detained Employee Not Part Of Binance Management, Says Crypto Firm by sofeo(m): 2:18pm On Apr 03
Binance has said that its employee, Tigran Gambaryan, who is currently held in Nigeria, is not part of the company’s management team.

The crypto exchange giant clarified that Gambaryan, an American, only serves as a law enforcement officer and does not have the power to make decisions.

The company disclosed this in a statement sent to The PUNCH on Wednesday.

In February, Gambaryan and his colleague, Nadeem Anjarwalla from Binance Holdings Limited, were arrested in Nigeria on suspicion of involvement in money laundering activities.

Among other charges, the firm and the two employees were charged last Thursday for $35,400,000 money laundering at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

While Gambaryan remains in custody, Anjarwalla escaped and fled the country.

Despite inquiries by The PUNCH regarding Anjarwalla’s whereabouts, Binance has yet to respond.

Part of Binance’s statement reads, “Tigran is a strict law enforcement professional and is not part of Binance management. While he has left the official service of the U.S. government, he has remained fully committed to the role of law enforcement officer ever since, operating as a global advocate for good governance and transparent regulatory financial practices.

“Binance respectfully requests that Tigran Gambaryan, who has no decision-making power in the company, is not held responsible while current discussions are ongoing between Binance and Nigerian government officials.”

The exchange explained that Gambaryan was hired in 2021 to help Binance fix past compliance issues.

Binance stated that as the head of Binance’s Financial Crime Compliance team, Gambaryan has been a strong advocate for the company to develop policies and build compliance capabilities that set new industry standards.

“In 2022 and 2023, Tigran’s Financial Crime Compliance team assisted global law enforcement in freezing and seizing more than $2.2b worth of assets, including more than $285m in cooperation with United States agencies like the FBI, DOJ, DEA, and others,” it said.

According to Binance, Gambaryan and his team provided multiple training sessions for Nigerian crime fighters on the role of exchanges in the digital-asset ecosystem.

“This included a three-hour online workshop for 70 Nigerian EFCC officials in mid-2023 and, late last year, two full-day sessions for EFCC officials in Abuja and Lagos, with more than 30 investigators attending each of them,” the company noted.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission will arraign Binance Holdings Limited, Gambaryan, and Anjarwalla on Thursday on charges of $35,400,000 money laundering.

The EFCC, having fully taken over the case from the Office of the National Security Adviser, has detained Gambaryan and obtained a court warrant to arrest and extradite Anjarwalla, who escaped custody.

On Monday last week, the Federal Government contacted INTERPOL and issued an arrest warrant for Anjarwalla’s arrest.

The PUNCH reported earlier that the EFCC is now partnering with the International Criminal Police Organisation, the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, the government of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, and the Kenyan government to effect the arrest and extradition of Anjarwalla.

The Financial Times reported on February 28, 2024, that two executives of the company were arrested and detained after flying into the country following a ban on their website.

On March 12, 2024, the FT reported that the EFCC asked Binance to provide data on its top 100 users in Nigeria as well as all transaction history for the past six months.

This request is currently being negotiated between Binance and Nigeria.

Re: Detained Employee Not Part Of Binance Management, Says Crypto Firm by muyico(m): 4:01pm On Apr 03
Then why the detention?
Re: Detained Employee Not Part Of Binance Management, Says Crypto Firm by MasterJayJay: 4:20pm On Apr 03
APC Tinubu led FG is using binance to catch cruise.

This cruise will cost Nigeria money.

Only idiots in NSA or any other Nigerian security organization will be hopeful that INTERPOL will arrest the binance staff that escaped.

INTERPOL will never be used as a kidnapping syndicate of APC government.

I keep saying it that we have dumb people in our security agencies, no intelligence. Take a look at USA government, they arrest CEOs of any company involved in shady deals. You can't arrest a cashier because of tax evasion of the bank.
This is how the useless 9ja police arrested a pregnant woman because they couldn't see her husband who was a suspect They used same stupid mindset to detain the binance staff. That is kidnapping, not arrest.

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