Tinubu's Govt Reacts to Claims Detained Binance Executive's Health is Deteriorating

Tinubu's Govt Reacts to Claims Detained Binance Executive's Health is Deteriorating

  • The federal government of Nigeria has addressed claims that Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan, is being held in unsavoury prison conditions in Abuja
  • Legit.ng reports that the FG also reacted to insinuations that detained Gambaryan's health is deteriorating
  • Gambaryan has been in detention since February 26, when he and Nadeem Anjarwalla visited Nigeria on Nuhu Ribadu, the national security adviser's (NSA’s) controversial invitation

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering public journalism.

FCT, Abuja - The Bola Tinubu administration on Friday, June 21, said the allegation that the health of detained Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan, is degenerating, is untrue.

In a statement by Mohammed Idris, minister of information and national orientation, the Nigerian government asked the public to ignore claims that Gambaryan is being held in unpalatable prison conditions in the West African nation.

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Nigerian govt says Binance’s Gambaryan is not in poor health
The Nigerian government says claims that detained Binance official, Tigran Gambaryan, is denied access to adequate medical care is “false.” Photo credits: @Cryptotvplus, @Imranmuhdz
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Maintaining that the detained Binance executive was held 'lawfully', the Tinubu administration said Gambaryan has access to quality medical care whenever required.

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The FG's statement partly reads:

"He also has full access to consular services from his home government.
"The federal government will not do anything to jeopardise 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."

Why is Nigeria holding Tigran Gambaryan?

Gambaryan, a U.S. citizen and head of financial crimes compliance for Binance has been in custody since February facing money laundering charges.

Nigeria has blamed Binance for its economic woes after cryptocurrency websites became the platforms of choice for trading the naira as the country's currency fell worrisomely.

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Gambaryan, who denies charges against him, was in court on Friday, June 21, for the money laundering trial, which was adjourned to Monday, July 1.

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Court remands Binance executive in Abuja prison

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a federal high court remanded a Binance executive, Tigran Gambaryan, in Kuje Correctional Centre.

The court gave the order pending the determination of Gambaryan's earlier bail application.

Source: Legit.ng

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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at Legit.ng and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at ridwan.adeola@corp.legit.ng.