Reps launch investigation into escape of Binance executive, deny bribe allegations

The House of Representatives has launched an investigation into the escape of Nadeem Anjarwalla (Head of Binance Africa) from the custody of Nigeria’s National Security Adviser.

The resolution followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Dennis Okafor on Wednesday, May 8, during plenary.

It would be recalled that Anjarwalla and Tigran Gambaryan were detained in Abuja before the former escaped and fled the country.

In the motion, Okafor said the escape of Anjarwalla from custody was an embarrassment to Nigeria.

He pleaded with the House to investigate the circumstances that led to the escape.

Meanwhile, the House also denied the alleged solicitation of bribes from some persons.

Kama Nkem Kanma raised a point of order on privilege, stating that the House cannot be embarrassed.

Although the lawmaker did not mention Binance, it would be recalled that the CEO of Binance, Richard Teng recently accused some members of the House of demanding bribes from them.

Teng, in a blog he posted on X on Tuesday, May 7, accused the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Crimes of demanding money during a probe.

Kanma said the House never made such a demand from Binance and called for strong action.

Ruling on the point of order, Speaker Tajudeen Abbas ordered the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Danzaria to use the media to refute the claim.

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