Binance: House Of Reps Member, Okafor Denies $140m Bribery Allegation | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

2024-05-10 20:21:49

Independent Newspapers Nigeria

ABUJA - In a recent development, lawmaker Dominic Okafor has vehemently denied the $140 million bribery allegation linked to Binance, a major cryptocurrency exchange. Okafor has refuted any involvement in such illicit activities, maintaining his innocence amidst mounting accusations.

Rep Okafor who is the Deputy Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Delegated Legislation, on Friday denied the allegation while addressing a press conference at the National Assembly Complex, in Abuja on Friday, threatened to take legal action against an online news platform.

It would be recalled that during Wednesday's plenary session, the lawmaker representing Aguata Federal Constituency in Anambra State put forth a motion to investigate the security breach resulting in the escape of Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla. The incident occurred at a Guest House under the office of the National Security Adviser, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.

Expressing displeasure over the development, Okafor said, "I am here this afternoon to talk about the false information that has been going on in the social media since after the sponsorship of my motion on Wednesday, May 8, a motion of urgent national importance in which I talked about the need to investigate the escape from custody of one of the executives of Binance, Mr Nadir Anjewala.

"Shortly after I moved that motion which was well received, a lot of people were called to commend me. Shortly after that, I started getting calls from my friends all over the world saying I collected bribes from this very company.

"I got worried and after that, I wrote a letter to Premium Times, the media company that originated the story. I wrote a letter to them and I copied the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Clerk, Inspector General of Police, the EFCC and DSS.

"I asked them to retrieve the information within 24 hours and if not, I will take legal action against them.

"That is why I am here to exonerate myself from such accusation aimed at tarnishing my image which I have earned over the years.

"I am coming from the private sector. I have been a member of Rotary International for over 25 years, for those of you who know what Rotary means and what they stand for. And someone wants to tarnish that image and integrity I have built over the years."

That said, the lawmaker gave a reason for moving the motion against Binance, saying, "I never knew anything about such transactions. Rather, I moved a motion of national importance, because of my interest in the country Nigeria and not for any personal interest.

"The motion I moved had to do with an investigation to find out how Nadir Njewala escaped from the custody of national security and has nothing to do with bribery or no bribery. It is still a mystery to me. I wouldn't know how it emanated."

Threatening legal redress, he said, "This thing happened yesterday (Thursday). So, we are looking at all the circumstances and the right legal action to take.

"I find the accusation of me collecting $140 million in online media deeply concerning, and it's not something I take lightly. I am currently in discussions with my legal team to determine the appropriate course of action to address this matter."

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