BREAKING: Court Strikes Out Fleeing Binance Executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla’s Fundamental Rights Suit

The Federal High Court in Abuja has struck out the fundamental rights suit filed by Nadeem Anjarwalla, a fleeing Binance executive, against the Office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Inyang Ekwo gave the verdict due to the absence of Anjarwalla’s legal team during proceedings.

Anjarwalla had asked the court to declare his detention by Nigerian government officials illegal and award costs in his favour.

“The continued detention of the Applicant by the Respondents is causing immense hardship and emotional stress on the Applicant, his wife and children and other members of his family,” he stated in his application, three months ago.

However, his legal team, led by Tonye Krukrubo, SAN, withdrew their representation three months ago without giving reasons.

The NSA had confirmed that Anjarwalla had fled the country after escaping from detention.

In his ‘Notice of Withdrawal of Legal Representation’, the lawyer urged the court to “take notice that we, Messrs Aluko & Oyebode do hereby withdraw our legal presentation for Nadeem Anjarwalla, the Applicant in this suit.”

The court on Wednesday, subsequently struck out the fundamental rights case marked FHC/ABJ/CS/355/2024 for want of diligent prosecution.

“I make an order striking out this case for want of diligent prosecution,” Justice Ekwo said.

THE WHISTLER had reported that the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) had filed amended charges against Binance, with Nadeem Anjarwalla and Tigran Gambaryan struck out as defendants.

The EFCC has also filed a money laundering suit against Binance, with Anjarwalla and Gambaryan as co-defendants.

The developments follow a letter by US lawmakers, seeking President Joe Biden’s intervention on the matter.

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