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Binance boss: US congress moves against Nigeria *Our citizen under hostage  

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Nigeria may be squaring up against the US soon, if Joe Biden, listens to signals coming from the House of Representatives to the effect that Tigran Gambaryan, detained executive of Binance, currently going through legal trial in the country for fraud that he is being held hostage.

Nothing short of his immediate release would be good enough for a group of 16 lawmakers in the lower House in their petition to the POTUS demanding his intervention in asking Nigeria to return the Binance boss and bring him back to the US to face proper investigation.

Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had arrested Gambaryan, accused alongside the company, of charges including non-payment of value-added tax and corporate income tax, and complicity in aiding customers to evade taxes through its platform, in February this year and held him in a guest house before formal charges were brought against him and Binance in an Abuja court in April.

But the lawmakers who would have none of it, riled against the treatment, saying he was wrongfully detained while also warning that his health was now a big issue and there was danger of him losing his life.

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Part of the letter to Biden, on Tuesday read: “On behalf of Mr. Gambaryan, his family, and concerned Americans, we, the undersigned, urgently request and strongly encourage the transfer of his case to the Office of the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs.”

The letter published by Fox Business correspondent Eleanor Terrett on her X handle on Wednesday, also saw the lawmakers saying that Gambaryan qualified as a “U.S. citizen wrongfully detained by a foreign government” and his detention has been “marked by excessive and harsh treatment.”

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Signed by the group which included House Foreign Affairs Committee Chair, Michael T. McCaul, a Republican from Texas, it added: “Mr. Gambaryan’s health and well-being are in danger, and we fear for his life. Immediate action is essential to ensure his safety and preserve his life. We must act swiftly before it is too late.”

Gambaryan, Binance’s chief of financial compliance, “has been wrongfully detained since late February after granting the Nigerian government’s request for discussions regarding the crypto giant’s business in the country. The government of Nigeria took Mr. Gambaryan hostage and thus needs his government’s help to be freed,” the group said, while highlighting his work as a former IRS agent who helped lead some of the country’s “most prolific cyber investigations,” including the seizure of $4.725 billion in illicit funds.

The House members’ letter to the President’s office marks the most high-profile move concerning Gambaryan’s case, and marks a significant development, following his family’s continued appeals to the government for help.

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The law firm handling Gambaryan’s case previously wrote in a letter to the Nigerian Federal High Court that their client was “very ill” and required immediate and comprehensive medical attention.

Multiple outlets reported that Gambaryan collapsed during a hearing of the case wherein the compliance officer is accused of involvement in Binance’s violations of Nigerian law.

Justice Emeka Nwite ordered for Gambaryan’s transfer to a hospital, but his family said late last month, that he had not been moved to a hospital.

They also revealed that the Binance executive was suspected of having malaria and a severe throat infection.

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A spokeswoman for Gambaryan’s family was quoted to have told FOX Business, that Gambaryan is now back in prison, following a brief hospital visit, his health deteriorating rapidly due to poor treatment.

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“It has been 100 days since my husband, Tigran, was taken hostage by the Nigerian government. Despite my relentless efforts to bring him home, the fight has been long and difficult. Today, however, it feels like my plea for help may finally be heard by the US government.,” Gambaryan’s wife, Yuki Gambaryan, said through a spokeswoman. “I do hope more members will show their support for Tigran as well and urge the government to take immediate action to bring an innocent American citizen home to his children.”

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BREAKING: Bobrisky to spend next six months in jail

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Without an option of fine after pleading guilty to abuse of Naira, Nigeria’s currency, Idris Okuneye, alia Bobrisky, is to spend the next six months in jail, on the orders of Justice Abimbola Awogboro of the Federal High Court, Lagos, who finally passed his sentence, after convicting him, last week.

The popular crossdresser, whose ordeal is coming on the heels of the controversy arising from winning the best-dressed woman at a movie premier in Lagos, a fortnight ago, even though he is known to be a man, was handed the sentence on Friday April 12.

The court had convicted him on Friday, April 5 after he pleaded guilty to the offence, following his arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), which picked him up a day before filing on an initial six-count charge of abuse of the Naira and money laundering Thursday, April 4, which was later reduced to four after the money laundering allegation was removed.

 

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Police launch manhunt for gunmen, who set whole luxurious bus ablaze after robbing passengers

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Operatives of the Ogun State Police Command, have launched a manhunt for the daredevil gunmen, who set a whole luxurious bus ablaze after robbing the passengers and dispossessing them of their valuables.

The bus was said to have been waylaid at the wee hours of Saturday, with the hoodlums looting the belongings of the passengers, most of whom were travelling to the South East to celebrate Easter with their loved ones in the villages.

The incident, said to have occurred at Oke Ado Junction, in Ijebu Imushin, along the Ijebu-Ode-Benin Expressway, was confirmed by Omolola Odutola, spokesman of the command.

“It happened in Oke Ado junction at Ijebu Mushin. A luxury bus of Mercedes Benz was burnt down. The vehicle was coming from Maza Maza (in Lagos State) before it encountered the hoodlums,” said, adding that the police were already on the case to track down the gunmen.

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The incident, on the 59-seater bus said to be operated by Ifesinachi Transport Ltd, was captured in a video, making round in the social media, where some of the affected passengers, including women and children were seen completely stranded in the middle of the road.

A man, one of the victims, who was seen narrating the ordeal of the passengers, spoke of how the bus was waylaid by the criminals, saying: “Ifesinachi Motors, we were travelling in the night to come back to the East for Easter celebrations, and criminals attacked us in Ijebu Ode along the Ore-Benin Expressway.

“They robbed us of everything we had, they stripped some half-naked. They locked us inside the 59-seater luxury bus and set it ablaze. We thank God that we later escaped. Nobody died but everything we had was collected. We thank God that we didn’t lose anyone but we lost everything we were travelling with and some sustained injuries.”

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Drama at UNTH, as CMD orders detention of corpse, one year after

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The University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, UNTH, Enugu, has continued to detain the corpse of Janet Nwaosu one year after its doctors allegedly killed her, even as the hospital management has also denied family access to the corpse for the past one year.

Recall that the family of the late Romanus Nwaosu of Amaeta village in Mgbowo, Awgu Local Government of Area Enugu State had accused one Dr Chibuoke and a nurse of killing their mother, Mrs Janet, who was on admission at the UNTH on October 18, 2022.

The family claimed that the said doctor (Chibuoke) and the nurse injected their mother with a drug that killed her less than five minutes after the injection, without the consent to inject her the drug.

According to the family, the accused health practitioners were not the ones assigned to take care of the deceased at the hospital when they injected the drug that killed her.

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However, more than one year after the incident, the Chief Medical Director of the teaching hospital, Dr Obinna Onodugo, has refused to release the body of late Janet because, according to him, one of the children of the deceased, “had maliciously broken a glass window in the hospital” after the alleged killing of their mother.

Meanwhile, Punch gathered that despite paying all necessary charges, the CMD was said to have given an order that no member of the family should be allowed to see the corpse of their mother in the past one year.

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The PUNCH, quotes Augustina Nwaosu, the deceased daughter, who said she had been taking care of her before her death as bemoaning on Wednesday that the hospital management had been dragging the family from one police formation to another.

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