Reps to probe Binance executive escape from custody, summon NSA

The House of Representatives has resolved to probe the circumstances that led to the escape of Mr Nadeem Anjarwalla, an executive of a crypto currency exchange company, Binance.

The House has also summoned the National Security Adviser, Mr Nuhu Ribadu, to explain what led to the escape of such a high profile suspect from custody.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Dominic Okafor (LP-Anambra) during plenary on Wednesday in Abuja.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government had arrested and detained Anjarwalla, on Feb. 26, for alleged complicity of the company in money laundering and terrorism financing.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two Binance officials were billed to appear in court on April 4, to answer to the alleged crimes against Nigeria before the security breach occurred.

The lawmaker said that the escape of the Binance executive from the office of the NSA using a “smuggled passport” was most disappointing, embarrassing and disturbing.

He said that it portrayed the porous nature of the security architecture of the country to the world.

Adopting the motion, the House invited the NSA to explain the circumstances that led to such despicable escape of a high profile suspect from his office.

The House also mandated the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), to take over the investigation and prosecution of personnel found complicit in the escape of Anjarwalla.

The House also mandated the committees on Financial Crimes, NSA and Intelligence and Interior to ensure compliance and report to the House in two weeks.

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