Binance Saga: House of Reps Member Accused of Demanding $140m Bribe Speaks

  • Dominic Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives from Anambra state, has denied allegations of demanding a $140 million bribe from Binance
  • The lawmaker attributed the claims to a smear campaign following his motion to probe the escape of a Binance executive from Nigerian custody
  • Okafor threatened legal action, stressing his background in the private sector and his long-standing affiliation with Rotary International as evidence of his integrity

TheTalk.NG journalist Nurudeen Lawal has 8 years of experience covering activities of the National and State Assemblies

FCT, Abuja – Dominic Okafor, a member of the House of Representatives (Aguata Federal Constituency of Anambra state, has responded to the allegations that he demanded a $140 million bribe from top executives of cryptocurrency giants Binance Holdings Limited.

Briefing newsmen on Friday, May 10, the lawmaker threatened to take legal action against the media platform that reported the alleged bribe.

Nadeem Anjarwalla/Dominic Okafor/Binance/Nigerian Lawmaker/ $140m BribeDominic Okafor, the Nigerian lawmaker accused of demanding a bribe of $140 million from Binance, has threatened legal action.
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Binance saga: Why I was accused of demanding bribe – Okafor

According to Okafor, the publication was an attempt to smear his name and integrity after moving a motion to probe the escape of a Binance executive, Nadeem Anjarwalla, from the custody of Nigerian security.

“Shortly after I moved that motion, which was well received and a lot of people were calling to commend me, I started getting calls from my friends all over the world saying I collected bribes from this very company. I got worried and wrote a letter to Premium Times, the media company that originated the story,” Daily Trust quoted the lawmaker as saying.

“I wrote a letter to them which I copied the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Clerk, Inspector General of Police, EFCC and DSS. I asked them to retrieve the information within 24 hours, if not I will take legal action against them.”

Okafor said he comes from the private sector and has been a member of Rotary International for over 25 years, The Punch also reported.

He emphasised the importance of Rotary’s values and the integrity he has cultivated over the years, expressing concern over attempts to tarnish that reputation.

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Binance bribery claim: FG speaks

Meanwhile, TheTalk.NG earlier reported that the federal government reacted to the allegation that some officials demanded a bribe from Binance to clear its case.

In a statement signed by Rabiu Ibrahim, the special assistant to the minister of information and national orientation, Mohammed Idris, the Nigerian government said Binance cannot clear its name by sponsoring a media campaign against the country.

The minister said the only way out was for the cryptocurrency company to submit itself to legal and judicial proceedings guiding business rules in a sovereign country like Nigeria.

Source: TheTalk.NG

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