Ex-DSS Boss: NSA Should’ve Sent Binance Officials to EFCC


Former Assistant Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Dennis Amachree, has shed light on the handling of the fleeing Binance executive Nadeem Anjarwalla by the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA).

Amachree emphasized that the NSA lacks a detention facility and should have transferred Anjarwalla to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) or the Department of State Services (DSS) for custody.

During an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today program, Amachree pointed out that Anjarwalla and his colleague, Tigran Gambaryan, should have been placed on a watchlist by the Nigeria Immigration Service following their detention in Abuja in February.

Amachree stressed the importance of watchlisting suspects, suggesting that their photos and names should have been flagged at all airports across the country to prevent their escape.

Expressing concern over the handling of the situation, Amachree questioned why Anjarwalla was allowed certain freedoms, such as attending prayers at a mosque, while in custody, leading to his subsequent escape.

“For them now to allow him to go and pray? I think there are a lot of loopholes and lapses there. We have held heads of state in detention and they prayed where to live and eat and sleep. So, I don’t see why this particular guy will be allowed to go to the nearest mosque to pray and dissapeared.”

Moreover,Highlighting the severity of the situation, Amachree compared it to past instances where heads of state were detained without such liberties.

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Also,Amachree suggested that there may have been collusion with security agents, indicating a potential compromise in the handling of the fleeing suspect.

There is a compromise,” the security expert said, stressing that the fleeing suspect must have rubbed hands with some conniving security agents. “I’m happy they’ve arrested some of them. Let them interrogate them and tell us how much he gave them,” he said.

Moreso,Shifting focus to Nigeria’s economic challenges, including inflation and forex crisis, the report mentioned the government’s crackdown on cryptocurrency platforms, accusing them of speculation and contributing to the nation’s economic woes.

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In February,The report cited statements from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) regarding suspicious financial flows through crypto exchanges, with $26 billion allegedly passing through Binance.

Meanwhile,the same Month Anjarwalla and Gambaryan were arrested in Nigeria, with the government seeking $10 billion in compensation from Binance for allegedly manipulating foreign exchange rates.

The report noted the government’s efforts to compel Binance to disclose the names of its Nigerian traders and file tax evasion charges against the platform.

However, NSA office said Anjarwalla escaped from custody when he observed a Jumat prayer last Friday, March 22, 2024, in Abuja, the nation’s capital.“Preliminary investigation shows that Mr Anjarwalla fled Nigeria

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