On Tuesday, Senate threatened to shut down bet9ja offices, a popular betting venture in Nigeria, if the company fails to honour it’s invitation for a second term.
On Tuesday, in Abuja, during the verification of Lotto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, Chairman, Senate committee on youth and sport, Senator Obinna Ogba, PDP, Ebonyi noted that it was unfortunate that Bet9ja refused to honour their invitation. He said, “Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.” Senator Ogba who noted that the Senate was making efforts to assist the lottery commission to generate money for the federal government, said,
“We wanted to see bet9ja. They can’t runaway.”According to Senator Ogba, their verification followed series of complaints against betting companies, adding that some of them do not even have offices while others have not been making remittances to the government.
He said while verifying about 20 betting companies that honoured Senate invitation, “some got the licenses but they are not operating. The new regulation only give them one year to start operations.”