Binance, a leading cryptocurrency trading platform, has announced its decision to cease operations in Nigeria. This move comes amidst heightened instability in the forex market and increased scrutiny from Nigerian authorities.

Responding to pressure from the Federal Government’s crackdown on Binance executives, the platform has initiated the removal of all naira assets associated with Nigerian users.

In light of these developments, Binance has urged its Nigerian customers to promptly withdraw their naira assets from the platform, suggesting they either trade them or convert them into cryptocurrency. Binance has set a specific deadline, after which any remaining naira balances in users’ accounts will be automatically converted to USDT, a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar.

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The decision to discontinue naira services on Binance follows accusations from the Nigerian government, blaming the platform for exacerbating issues within the country’s FX market. The House of Representatives escalated matters by threatening to issue a warrant of arrest against Binance’s CEO, Mr. Changpeng Zhao, due to the company’s failure to respond to summons from the committee.

This development underscores the challenges faced by cryptocurrency exchanges amid evolving regulatory landscapes and emphasizes the importance of establishing clear regulatory frameworks to govern their operations effectively.