IGP Assures Re-Arrest of Escaped Binance Manager, Addresses Security Challenges

Inspector General of Police Olukayode Egbetokun has provided reassurance that the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL) is on the verge of re-arresting Nadeem Anjarwalla, the Binance Regional Manager for Africa, who recently escaped from custody in Nigeria. Egbetokun made this statement during a press conference at the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters in Abuja, where he addressed the escape incident and broader challenges in combating crime nationwide.

Anjarwalla, 38, managed to evade authorities on March 22, 2024, from a ‘safe house’ where he and a colleague were being detained. The circumstances of his escape have raised concerns, prompting a swift response from INTERPOL and the Nigerian police.

“I am not going to disclose INTERPOL’s actions, but I can assure you that we are actively pursuing the suspect and he will be re-arrested,” stated Egbetokun.

In addition to discussing the escape, the IGP provided an update on Nigeria’s security situation, noting a recent increase in kidnapping and murder cases. Over the past eight weeks, there have been 214 reported kidnapping incidents and 537 homicides. Egbetokun highlighted the arrest of 3,685 suspects linked to various crimes and the successful rescue of 401 kidnapped victims during this period.

Egbetokun reiterated the police’s commitment to employing proactive and strategic approaches to law enforcement, utilizing technology and intelligence to preempt and disrupt criminal activities. “Through meticulous analysis of available information, we shall endeavor to pre-empt criminal activities, disrupt their illicit networks, and apprehend perpetrators swiftly,” he explained.

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