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Nigerian govt denies keeping Binance executive, Gambaryan in unsavory prison conditions

The Nigerian Government has denied keeping Binance Executive Tigran Gambaryan in unsavory prison conditions.

The government also explained Gambaryan is being lawfully detained and has access to quality healthcare facilities.

According to a statement by Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, the Federal Government said it will not do anything to jeopardise his fundamental rights to lawful trial. 

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“It has become necessary for the Federal Government of Nigeria to address claims that Binance Executive, Tigran Gambaryan is being held in unsavory prison conditions in Nigeria, or that his health is deteriorating.

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“We would like to state that these allegations are false and should be ignored. Gambaryan is being held in lawful detention and has access to quality medical care whenever required.

“He also has full access to consular services from his home government. The Federal Government will not do anything to jeopardize his fundamental rights to lawful trial, and to quality care, including healthcare, even as he undergoes trial by the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“It is worth reiterating that his detention is a court-ordered one, and only the court can alter the terms or direct his release.

“The Federal Government of Nigeria will continue to follow due process in its quest to bring Binance to justice — a legitimate sovereign quest that is similarly being pursued in several other countries around the world.

“This adherence to legal and diplomatic standards underscores Nigeria’s dedication to upholding justice and maintaining the integrity of its judicial processes.

“The executive is being treated with the utmost fairness, and his legal and human rights are being protected throughout the judicial proceedings.”

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Two members of the United States (US) congress who paid a visit to Gambaryan at the Kuje correctional centre in Abuja accused the Nigerian government of taking the Binance executive, “hostage”, urging President Joe Biden to help secure his release. 

On June 20, Yuki Gambaryan, the wife of the Binance executive, had asked the Economic and Financial Crimes (EFCC) to drop the charges against her husband.

The Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) dropped the tax charges against Gambaryan on June 14, after confirming the appointment of Ayodele Omotilewa as Binance’s representative — with the agency filing a fresh charge listing the exchange as the sole defendant.


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