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Kenya police to extradite fleeing Binance executive to Nigeria

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The Kenya Police Service is expected to hasten plans to extradite Nadeem Anjarwalla, the Binance executive who escaped from Nigeria’s custody this week.

According to government sources who spoke to Punch on the condition of anonymity, the fleeing executive will be handed over to the Nigerian government by the International Criminal Police Organisation within the week.

“Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, has been arrested by the Kenya Police Service, and he would be extradited to Nigeria this week by INTERPOL,” the sources said.

“As we had said before that Anjarwalla would be extradited, he has been arrested in Kenya, and he’ll be extradited to Nigeria this week,” another source stated.

Following his unlawful escape from custody, the federal government has been on Anjarwalla’s trail, tracing him to Kenya from where he was nabbed.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the International Criminal Police, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Kenyan Police Service have deepened talks to quicken Anjarwalla’s extradition.

Anjarwalla was arrested on the basis of tax evasion, currency speculation, and money laundering to the tune of $35,400,000.

In its March bulletin entitled “EFCC alert”, Ola Olukoyede, the EFCC chairman confirmed that plans were on top gear by the Commission and other international law enforcement agencies to arrest the fleeing executive and extradite him to the country.

“The takeover of the prosecution of Binance chiefs by the commission is no less a strong message in the direction of EFCC’s resolve to hedge in distortions and disruptions in the country’s forex market,” the EFCC chairman said.

“Tax evasion, currency speculation, and money laundering to the tune of $35,400,000 and are at the foundation of the Commission’s five counts against Binance Holdings Limited, Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla, the company’s chief executives,” he further said.

He added that while Gambaryan is currently in the Commission’s net, the process of extraditing the fleeing Anjarwalla is revving in full swing.