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General News of Monday, 23 May 2022


FG clamps down on sports betting companies

Lanre Gbajabiamila Lanre Gbajabiamila

The Director-General, National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), Mr Lanre Gbajabiamila, has stated that the Commission will deploy every available legal instrument to weed out all criminal elements operating within the Nigerian gaming industry.

Gbajabiamila gave this warning in a statement by Magnus Ekechukwu, the organisation’s spokesperson on the heels of discovering a forged sports betting permit of the NLRC by some criminal elements operating in Lagos State.

The DG stated that the criminals have been arrested and are being prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who could be nursing similar ideas.

“It is quite appalling to discover that at this time and age, people could want to defraud the federal government believing they would not be arrested.

“Let all criminals steer clear of the lottery industry because I can assure them, they would be arrested and prosecuted.

“The criminals already arrested will serve as an example to other criminal elements with the intention to defraud the government.

“We will neither allow nor tolerate such criminality in our industry,” the DG emphasized.

He further stated that the Commission stands for integrity, transparency and accountability which are the hallmarks of the gaming business in Nigeria.

The DG stressed that any operator who fails to heed these core values runs the risk of violating the rules and guidelines of the Commission; a situation that attracts stringent consequences.

He called on staff of the Commission, licensed operators, as well as the general public to be more vigilant in the quest to fish out illegal operators who are out there to thwart the good effort of the Commission in building a robust Nigerian gaming industry, while also encouraging the licensed operators to always play by the rules.

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