Nigeria Hunts Binance User Data as Arrested Execs Are Named

The government has reportedly demanded the exchange to divulge information regarding its top users.

Chaos happening with Binance and Nigeria and its users.
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  • The Nigerian government and Binance are still locked in a regulatory dispute.
  • The government is reportedly seeking local Binance user data.
  • Two of the exchange’s executives are currently detained by local Nigerian authorities.

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, has been at the center of regulatory crosshairs in Nigeria over the past weeks, marked by intense scrutiny of the government and accusations of local currency manipulation. Following weeks of an intense regulatory tussle, Binance threw in the towel, suspending all Naira-related services from its platforms.

While the exchange’s exit was expected to end the troubles, the government has made new demands.

Binance User Info at Risk?

According to an FT report on Tuesday, the government is demanding the details of the top 100 Binance users in the country and the exchange’s transaction history for the past six months.


The reports come amid the ongoing negotiation between the exchange and the government, involving claims that the platform facilitated illicit transactions of several local users.

“We are concerned that certain practices go on that indicate illicit flows going through a number of these entities and suspicious flows. In the case of Binance, in the last year alone, $26 billion has passed through Binance Nigeria from sources and users who we cannot adequately identify,” stated the Nigerian CBN Governor.

Additionally, the exchange may be facing severe financial liabilities as the office of the Nigerian National Security Adviser demands the settlement of its outstanding tax liabilities to the government, spanning the duration of its operations in the country. This follows the speculation of an aide to the government that Binance is staring down at a whopping $10 billion fine before backpedaling his claims shortly after.

The reports of the request for local Binance user data coincide with the latest development in the detention of two Binance executives, which has now lasted over two weeks.

Binance Executives Held ‘Hostage’ in Nigeria

On Wednesday, March 13, local Nigerian media revealed the identity of the two detained Binance executives arrested in the country on February 28, 2024. 


Namely, Tigran Gambaryan, the exchange’s head of financial crime compliance, and Nadeem Anjarwalla, the regional manager for Africa, both executives were reportedly arrested following their arrival to negotiate with the Nigerian Central Bank executives.

The two are held in a private, guarded “guesthouse” in Abuja, the federal capital of Nigeria. They have restricted movement and internet access and are only allowed to make contact under supervision. Additional reports of one of the executives falling ill in custody have surfaced, contradicting the claims that both Gambaryan and Anjarwalla are being “treated well.

The Nigerian government has revealed plans to extend the executives’ current detention beyond the initial fourteen-day warrant period, which expired on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

On the Flipside

  • Despite the government’s claims that the exchange is the cause of its currency troubles, the Naira has continued to decline against global currencies even after Binance’s exit.
  • Local Nigerian investors have faulted the government for using Binance as a scapegoat instead of addressing the root of its problems.
  • In 2021, Nigeria imposed a ban on all crypto services. 

Why This Matters

Considering Nigeria’s topsy-turvy approach to crypto, the government’s request for local Binance user data suggests efforts to leverage the ongoing negotiation to crack down on local crypto investors, potentially initiating investor-focused regulatory scrutiny.   

Find out more about the fate of Binance founder CZ as his exchange juggles regulatory woes:

Court Turns up Heat on Binance CZ as Sentencing Nears

Nigerian financial regulators are reassessing rules guiding the local crypto industry. Read more:

How Nigeria Is Reforming Crypto Regulations Post-Naira Saga

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.