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Binance kicks against detention of executives, says Nigeria setting dangerous precedent



Following the detention of two executives of crypto platform, Binance, by the Nigerian government, Richard Teng, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the platform has raised an alarm that Nigeria is setting a dangerous precedent.

Teng lamented that its executives were invited to the African country and then detained as part of a crackdown on crypto currency.

Ripples Nigeria reports that Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange and two of its executives face separate trials on tax evasion and money laundering, which the company is challenging.

Teng, in a statement disclosed that it was time to speak out against the detention of Tigran Gambaryan, a U.S. citizen and Binance head of financial crime compliance.

The other executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, a British-Kenyan who is a regional manager for Africa, fled Nigeria in March.

Teng said Binance executives first held meetings with Nigerian authorities in the country in January.

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“To invite a company’s mid-level employees for collaborative policy meetings, only to detain them, has set a dangerous new precedent for all companies worldwide,” Teng said, in his strongest comments yet since the case started in February.

Gambaryan was being held in Nigeria for more than two months “for spurious reasons,” Teng said.

Binance announced in early March it was stopping all transactions and trading in naira.

“Our hope when we took this drastic step was that our colleagues would be released and Binance could continue to work with the Nigerian government to resolve any further concerns. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen,” said Teng.

He said Gambaryan should be allowed to go home while Binance and Nigerian authorities resolve any issues.

“We will continue engagement with Nigeria’s Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on resolving potential historic tax liabilities,” he said.

By Babajide Okeowo

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