Nigerian High Court Dismisses Binance Exec’s Detention Suit

In a significant development within the cryptocurrency regulatory landscape, the Nigerian High Court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Nadeem Anjarwalla, Binance’s regional manager. Anjarwalla had alleged that Nigerian government agencies violated his fundamental rights by detaining him and seizing his passport. The dismissal, ruled by Judge Inyang Ekwo on June 19, was due to a “want of diligent prosecuting Key Details of the Case

Dismissal Due to Non-Appearance
The case’s dismissal was primarily due to the non-appearance of legal representatives from both sides in court. Anjarwalla’s lawyer, Tonye Krukrubo, had previously requested to withdraw from the case, allowing Anjarwalla to seek new legal representation. This lack of representation led to the dismissal of the suit against the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Allegations of Rights Violation
Anjarwalla’s suit, filed on March 28, claimed that the actions taken by the Nigerian agencies were illegal and violated Section 35 (1) and (4) of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution. He argued that his detention caused significant hardship and emotional stress for him and his family.

Escape to Kenya
Adding another layer to the case, Anjarwalla was not present in court as he had escaped prison and fled to Kenya. Holding dual British and Kenyan citizenship, he remains in Kenya while Nigeria works towards his extradition.

Larger Conflict with Binance
This case is part of a broader conflict between Binance and the Nigerian government. Anjarwalla and Binance’s head of financial crime compliance, Tigran Gambaryan, were detained on February 26. Gambaryan, who had traveled from the U.S. to defend Binance against charges of tax evasion and money laundering, has filed a separate lawsuit against the NSA and EFCC. His case is scheduled for a hearing on July 9.

Implications for the Cryptocurrency Sector

This legal development underscores the growing tension between regulatory authorities and cryptocurrency firms. The outcomes of these cases could have significant implications for how cryptocurrency exchanges operate in Nigeria and potentially influence broader regulatory frameworks globally.

As cryptocurrency continues to gain traction, regulatory scrutiny is intensifying. The resolution of these legal battles will be pivotal in shaping the operational and regulatory environment for cryptocurrency exchanges in Nigeria and beyond.


The dismissal of Nadeem Anjarwalla’s detention suit by the Nigerian High Court marks a critical point in the ongoing regulatory conflicts involving Binance and Nigerian authorities. As the legal proceedings continue, they will be closely watched for their broader implications on the cryptocurrency industry.

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