Wife of Binance Executive Detained in Nigeria, Seeks US Intervention On Husband

Mrs Yuki Gambaryan, wife of one of the Binance executives detained by the Nigerian government, Tigran Gambaryan, has called on the United States’ government for intervention on her husband’s continued detention in Nigeria.

Yuki made the call through the US Senator, Cory Booker, and Congresswoman Sara Jacobs, who led a delegation to President Bola Tinubu on Wednesday at the State House.

In a statement made available to journalists, she said, “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.”

Gambaryan sued the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the alleged violation of his fundamental rights.

Gambaryan in the originating motion dated and filed on March 18 by his lawyer, Olujoke Aliyu, from Aluko and Oyebode Law Firm, sought five reliefs before Justice Inyang Ekwo.

Also, Nadeem Anjarwalla, Binance’s Africa regional manager who escaped from lawful custody on March 22, filed a separate right enforcement suit before Justice Ekwo.

The Office of the NSA had confirmed the escape of one of the detained executives of Binance, Nadeem Anjarwalla from custody.

In February, Gambaryan, a US citizen and the head of financial crime compliance at Binance, and his colleague Nadeem Anjarwalla, who has escaped from custody, were detained by the Nigerian government for financial and other related offences.