EFCC uncovers 35 illegal lottery firm operators

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said it has uncovered 35 illegal lottery operators in the country.

The anti-graft agency, in a series of tweets on its verified Twitter handle on Thursday, noted that the operators were operating without core licences or permits and were uncovered during an attempt to end fraud-related tax in the lottery and betting industry in the country.

According to the EFCC, only 21 operators and 18 firms were licensed by the National Lottery Regulatory Commission to operate in the country.

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It stated, “The 35 illegal companies’ names were unravelled during an investigation that was carried out on the operations of lottery companies in the country, supported by a document from the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, based on the request of the EFCC.

“The illegal companies are Emerald Bets International Limited (Emerald Bet), Saharabets Sports Limited (Surebet247), Bimm Entertainment Limited (Easy Bet), Champion Superbet (Superbet), EbonyBet, 360Bets Limited, Bet Now Global Business Services Limited, Caryle Investment Limited (BetMunster), Camlake Limited (Wakabet) and West Africa Betting Company Limited (PMUbet).

“Others are Playwin International Limited (RukkaBet), Ana Lottery Limited, ParknBet Champion Bookmakers Nigeria Limited, Space Gaming, Fane International Sports Tour Limited (First Fane Sports), Zandalex International Nigeria Limited, Gidi Games, Uwin Bets Limited, Megawin Bets Limited, Vertical Bets and Gaming Limited, Smart Bet Limited (Power Bet), EasyGold Network (Awoof Bet), Melbet and 22Bet.

“Some others, which were discovered to be operating illegally, are LovingBet, LionBet, NetBet, Nairapower Bet, SupaBet, SportBet, KorectWin, 2SureBet, Betwin9ja and Western Sportbet Nigeria Limited.”

The agency, which noted that investigation was ongoing into the activities of the operators, said any one operating contrary to the relevant laws and guidelines would face the wrath of the law. Punch
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