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Binance Executives sue ONSA, EFCC for violation rights

Detained Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan, has initiated a legal action against the National Security Adviser (NSA), Nuhu Ribadu, and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), alleging violations of fundamental rights.

Gambaryan, represented by legal counsel from Aluko and Oyebode Law Firm, has approached a Federal High Court in Abuja for the enforcement of his rights.

Also, Nadeem Anjarwalla, the Binance Africa regional manager, who escaped from lawful custody on March 22, filed a separate right enforcement suit before Justice Iyang Ekwo of the same Federal High Court in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Gambaryan and Anjarwalla, in the suits marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/356/24 and FHC/ABJ/CS/355/24, respectively, had sued the Office of NSA (ONSA) and EFCC as 1st and 2nd respondents.

Gambaryan’s application contends that his detention and seizure of his international travel passport infringed on constitutional provisions safeguarding personal liberty.

Among the reliefs sought are his immediate release from custody, the return of his passport, an injunction against further detention regarding any Binance-related investigations, and a public apology from the respondents.

In a statement in support of the suit, he said he is an American citizen who visited Nigeria on February 26, 2024, alongside his fugitive colleague, Nadeem Anjarwalla, as a representative of Binance, to honour the invitation of the ONSA and EFCC to discuss issues relating to Binance in Nigeria.