Changpeng Zhao, chief executive officer (CEO) of Binance, says the company’s subsidiary in Nigeria—Binance Nigeria Ltd, is a “scammer entity”.
In a tweet on Sunday, Zhao said the operation of the company in the country was illegal.
“Binance have issued cease and desist notice to the scammer entity ‘Binance Nigeria Limited’. Don’t believe everything you read in the news,” Zhao said
Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) declared the operations of Binance Nigeria Ltd illegal in the country.
SEC said the cryptocurrency platform had been actively promoting its web and mobile-enabled platforms to Nigerians.
The commission disclosed that the company is neither subject to its regulations nor registered.
“Binance Nigeria Limited is neither registered nor regulated by the commission and its operations in Nigeria are therefore illegal. Any member of the investing public dealing with the entity is doing so at his/her own risk,” SEC said.
“As the regulator with the statutory mandate of investor protection, the commission urges Nigerians to be wary of investing in crypto assets, and crypto-asset related financial products and services if the service provider/its platform is not registered or regulated by the commission.”