Binance Executives Detained by Nigeria Identified

By Milcah Tanimmu

Recent reports confirm that Tigran Gambaryan, Binance’s head of investigations, and Nadeem Anjarwalla, a British lawyer and manager overseeing Binance’s operations in Africa, have been detained by Nigerian authorities.

The two executives traveled to Nigeria in response to the country’s crackdown on several cryptocurrency trading platforms. Upon their arrival, they were detained by the office of Nigeria’s national security adviser, and their passports were confiscated.

Who is Tigran Gambaryan?

Tigran Gambaryan previously served as a special agent for the Internal Revenue Service — Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Cyber Crimes Unit in the United States. In 2021, he joined Binance in the role of Vice President of Global Intelligence and Investigations. In this capacity, Gambaryan works closely with the firm’s Chief Security Officer, leading audit and investigative efforts. His extensive experience includes over a decade of cyber investigations, notably into events such as the BTC-e bitcoin exchange, Silk Road corruption investigations, and the Mt. Gox hack.

Who is Nadeem Anjarwalla?

Nadeem Anjarwalla is a British lawyer and manager overseeing Binance’s operations in Africa, based in Kenya. Before joining Binance, Anjarwalla served as a Partner at Global Founders Capital, a global venture capital fund focusing on early-stage technology-enabled businesses in Africa. Additionally, he held the position of General Manager at Uber Eats, where he played a key role in scaling Uber Eats’ presence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Anjarwalla holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University and an MA from Stanford University.

The detention of these Binance executives marks a significant development amid Nigeria’s regulatory scrutiny of cryptocurrency trading platforms, raising concerns within the crypto industry and among investors.


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