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Detained Binance Executive Drags EFCC, NSA to Court


The detained Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan, has taken legal action against the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu, and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly violating his fundamental human rights.

In a legal filing identified as FHC/ABJ/CS/356/24, Gambaryan contends that his detention and the confiscation of his international travel passport violate Section 35 (1) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution. 

He is requesting the court to declare his detention illegal and to instruct the NSA and EFCC to release him and return his passport promptly.

Gambaryan is also seeking an injunction to prevent the respondents and their representatives from further detaining him in connection to any investigations or requests related to Binance. 

Additionally, he is asking for a public apology from the respondents.

Gambaryan states that he came to Nigeria with Nadeem Anjarwalla, who later fled, to respond to invitations from the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and EFCC regarding Binance's activities in Nigeria. 

He maintains that he did not commit any offense during these meetings and was not formally notified of any wrongdoing while in Nigeria.

According to Gambaryan, his detention is solely based on the government's request for information from Binance and its demands on the company.

Anjarwalla, who also fled, filed a similar lawsuit (FHC/ABJ/CS/355/24). 

During the recent court proceedings, T.J. Krukrubo (SAN) represented the plaintiffs, while the respondents did not have legal representation. 

Krukrubo informed the court that the respondents were served notice two days prior. However, he later announced his withdrawal from representing Anjarwalla without providing reasons.

The trial judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, adjourned the case until April 8th.

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