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Interpol VP: Binance fugitive extradition ongoing

Garba Umar, the Vice-President of the International Criminal Police Organisation for Africa, appeared on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program to discuss the case of Nadeem Anjarwalla, known as the Binance fugitive. Umar detailed the swift response by Interpol upon Anjarwalla’s escape, highlighting the coordinated effort across 196 countries to track him down. He emphasized the crucial role of international police cooperation in ensuring fugitives face justice and outlined the extradition process.

Umar revealed that Interpol promptly gathered information about Anjarwalla’s movements and whereabouts, leading to the identification of a specific country where he had landed. Efforts were underway to ensure the country complies with Interpol’s rules for international police cooperation to initiate the extradition process.

Regarding the broader context of transnational cybercrime, Umar stressed the importance of technological advancements, mentioning the deployment of AI and the introduction of the Metaverse Retrovirus to enhance Interpol’s capabilities. He highlighted the establishment of sophisticated cybercrime centers in Nigeria and Rwanda to support law enforcement efforts.

Acknowledging the sophistication of criminal activities, Umar emphasized Interpol’s commitment to training officers equipped to handle AI-related challenges. He emphasized the need for proactive measures and community involvement in combating cybercrime, stressing that peace and security require efforts from government institutions, communities, societies, religious leaders, and individuals.

The story also mentioned Anjarwalla’s apprehension by the Office of the National Security Adviser in March on suspicion of activities detrimental to the stability of the naira and tax evasion charges. However, Anjarwalla escaped custody during Friday prayers in Abuja, prompting the Nigerian Government to seek assistance from Interpol in locating him.

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