Nigeria’s Binance Backpedal: Claim of $10B Fine Gets Axed

An adviser to the Nigerian President nixes allegations of Binance’s $10B fine, claims he was misrepresented.

Binance is facing significant regulatory hurdles in Nigeria.

An adviser to the Nigerian President asserted that the country was eyeing billions in penalties.

The adviser is backtracking his claims after the news circulated on social media.

Binance’s troubles in Nigeria have yet to simmer down as authorities ramp up their crackdown. After blocking the exchange’s website, forcing it to shut down its naira p2p marketplace, and detaining two of its executives, reports surfaced suggesting that the Nigerian government was eyeing fines exceeding $10 billion.

However, in a surprising twist, it appears that may not be the case, at least for now.

Binance Fine Misquoted, Adviser to Nigerian President
In a recent interview on BBC, Bayo Onanuga, an aide to the Nigerian President on information and strategy, initially claimed that the country had demanded $10 billion in penalties from Binance.

However, soon after the news made its rounds all over social media, Onanuga refuted making such a statement, clarifying that the BBC had misquoted him.

According to a local news outlet, the People’s Gazette, Onanuga explained there had been no definitive decision to fine Binance. He emphasized that he had not mentioned any specific amount. He only alluded to the possibility of a fine, as the matter had not been finalized.

Adding to the intrigue, Binance also had yet to receive any official notification regarding the purported $10 billion fine. Additionally, the exchange has reportedly expressed reluctance to discuss fines with the Nigerian government.

Still, despite Binance’s reservations, it remains under scrutiny from the Nigerian government. Authorities have raised concerns about ‘suspicious flows’ of funds through the exchange’s Nigerian arm in 2023. Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Olayemi Cardoso highlighted that $26 billion had passed through Nigeria via Binance in 2023 from unidentified sources and users.


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