Title: Legal Battle Unveiled: Nigerian High Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Government Agencies

Jun 19, 2024

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Summary of Dismissal of Lawsuit by Nigerian High Court


The Nigerian High Court dismissed Nadeem Anjarwalla’s lawsuit against government agencies for the seizure of his passport and detention, due to lack of diligent prosecution.


Anjarwalla filed a lawsuit claiming violation of his rights by Nigerian authorities, but the case was dismissed by the court in his absence.

Main Points

On June 19, Judge Inyang Ekwo dismissed Anjarwalla’s lawsuit against the NSA and the EFCC as neither Anjarwalla nor the respondents’ attorneys attended the hearing. The lawsuit was initially filed on March 28, with Tonye Krukrubo, Binance’s lawyer, requesting to be removed from the case. Anjarwalla, who had escaped to Kenya, was absent from court proceedings, leading to a postponement until June 19.

Anjarwalla accused government authorities of violating the Nigerian Constitution during his detention alongside Tigran Gambaryan, Binance’s head of financial crime compliance. Gambaryan, who had come from the US to assist with the company’s defense, also sued the NSA and EFCC independently. A hearing for Gambaryan’s complaint is scheduled for July 9.


The dismissal of Nadeem Anjarwalla’s lawsuit by the Nigerian High Court sheds light on the ongoing legal battle surrounding the detention of Binance employees and allegations of tax evasion and money laundering, further straining relations between the US and Nigeria in the cryptocurrency realm.