'We are heart-broken,' wives of Binance employees detained in Nigeria cry out

Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla

Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

The wives of two Binance employees detained by the Nigerian government have cried out that they are heart-broken for the continued detention of their husbands.

Two Binance employees, Tigran Gambaryan and Nadeem Anjarwalla, are being held by Nigerian authorities in a guarded house. They were arrested three weeks ago.

Tigran Gambaryan (American citizen) and Nadeem Anjarwalla (British-Kenyan citizen), were detained by the Nigerian authorities on February 26th following a series of meetings in Abuja for which they had been invited by the Nigerian Government to attend.

Tigran is the Head of Financial Crime Compliance of the Binance Security & Investigations Team. Nadeem is the Regional Manager of Binance for East and West Africa.

At the court hearing in Abuja today, which was attended by Tigran and Nadeem, the court ruled that after hearing arguments from both parties, they would resume the session on April 5th which is 10 working days from today.

This ruling came after the original court order to hold Nadeem and Tigran expired on March 12th and a request for a new order was filed by the Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The Judge did not grant an extension to this order.

Throughout their detention the families of Tigran and Nadeem have continued to plead with the Nigerian authorities for the release of their loved ones. Tomorrow is Nadeem’s only son’s first birthday and on April 5th, Tigran’s son will turn 5. With their continued detention, both fathers will now miss key milestones in their childrens’ lives.

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Elahe, the wife of Anjarwalla said, “I am completely heartbroken. I was holding on to the hope that Nadeem would be home in time to celebrate our son’s first birthday together and I am devastated this won’t be happening.

“Nadeem has no authority to make high level decisions at Binance and I am once again asking from the bottom of my heart that the Nigerian authorities please allow him and Tigran to return home whilst they continue their discussions with Binance.

“I am also calling on the British and Kenyan governments to do more to get Nadeem back home to us. Please, we just want this nightmare to end.”

Yuki, wife of Gambaryan said, “Tigran was only supposed to be away from us for a very short trip and now over 3 weeks later we have no idea when we will see him again.

“I don’t know what to tell our two children who rush to the door every time they hear a car, eagerly hoping that their father has finally returned from a very long work trip.

“Tigran is globally recognized for his work in law enforcement and many of his peers would say that Tigran’s continuous efforts are what keep crypto currencies safe and clean.

“Please let him come home to continue this good work. The longer that our husbands are away from our families, the harder it is becoming for us to go about our daily lives.

“We are asking you from the bottom of our hearts and with the deepest respect that you please release them so that our families can be complete once again.”

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