Wife of detained Binance executive cries out, seeks US intervention

 Amid the continued faceoff between the Nigerian Government and Binance, Mrs Yuki Gambaryan, the wife of Tigran Gambaryan, the detained Binance executive, has lamented her husband’s continued detention in Nigeria.


She urged US Senator Cory Booker and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, who led a delegation to President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday at the State House, to intervene in Gambaryan’s release.


She disclosed this in a statement on Friday.


“For more than 30 days, the Nigerian government held my husband without charging him with any crime.


“Then, they charged him with being responsible for the unsubstantiated actions of his employer rather than having negotiations with the company in a manner in line with international norms.


“Simply put, my husband is being held as blackmail. As these members of Congress are travelling across Nigeria, I am calling on them to push the Nigerians to release Tigran and continue their investigation directly with Binance through appropriate channels”, she stated.


Recall that in February, Tigran Gambaryan, a US citizen and the head of financial crime compliance at Binance, and his colleague Nadeem Anjarwalla, were detained by the Nigerian authorities for financial and other related offences.


However, Nadeem Anjarwalla escaped legal custody on March 22, 2024.


Meanwhile, the Nigerian government said it had launched a manhunt for Anjarwalla.


On Thursday, Gambaryan dragged the Nigerian National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission, EFCC, to court over alleged abuse of fundamental human rights.


The development comes days after the Nigerian government filed criminal charges against Binance with Anjarwalla and Gambaryan.

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