LOTTERIES NIGERIA Blacklisting threatens to restart Nigerian regulatory battle 3 years ago Iwo Bulski Post Views: 1,054 The long-running dispute between Nigeria’s gambling regulator the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) and the Lagos State Lottery Board (LSLB) could resume after the state regulator blacklisted a number of operators licensed by its federal counterpart. The NLRC noted “with dismay” that the LSLB had added GabLotto, Give ‘n’ take, MLotto, WesternLotto, WescoLotto, Chopbarh, Betbiga, Betwinner, Bet24hrs and Truthware Solutions, operator of the Zoomlifestyle lottery, to its blacklist. The Lagos board also publicly claimed Truthware Solutions was conducting its business without necessary approval, to discourage citizens in Nigeria’s largest urban area from playing. However, all these companies have secured federal licences, which the NLRC said precluded the LSLB from blocking their operations in the state. “As the apex regulator of lotteries and gaming in Nigeria, the NLRC is not in doubt of its mandate and powers conferred on it by the National Lottery Act 2005, which is the contemporary law governing lottery and gaming activities in modern Nigeria,” – the NLRC said. “Any operator licensed by the federal government has the right and is free to conduct business of lottery and gaming in any part of the federation (Lagos State inclusive).” It argued that the validity of its licences across all states was supported by a “plethora” of court judgements, which ultimately invalidated the blacklisting of the brands in Lagos. The dispute threatens to restart a long-running battle between the NLRC and LSLB over regulatory jurisdiction. The state lottery board, which was formed before the national regulator, has previously cracked down on operators licensed at a federal level, demanding these businesses secure an LSLB licence in order to continue targeting players in the state. This ultimately led to Lagos States’ then-governor Akinwunmi Ambode stepping in to mediate between the parties, in May 2019. Source: igamingbusiness.com About Post Author Iwo Bulski Issues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. See author's posts Iwo BulskiIssues related to the gambling business is engaged in more than 30 years. My empirical experience gives me the opportunity to present events and companies from this business with full knowledge and industry knowledge. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: blacklist, igambling, Lottery Continue Reading Previous Lotto allocates R150m to NPOs to survive pandemicNext Deji Enwezor Appointed as CEO of Quanta Nigeria More Stories NIGERIA ONLINE Does Nigeria really have the biggest gambling industry in Africa? 1 day ago Szarlot NIGERIA ONLINE Safest Betting Apps for Nigerian Players 1 day ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA 13 players win over N160m via BetKing’s ACCA 2 days ago Szarlot NIGERIA ONLINE Google suspends 5.6m advertisers in Nigeria 3 days ago Samuel GHANA LOTTERIES Maltese Minister of Foreign Affairs & Trade visits NLA 4 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS NIGERIA Paying deeper attention to our youths 4 days ago Samuel BETTING NIGERIA Top eight apps for sports betting in Nigeria 5 days ago Samuel LOTTERIES NIGERIA How LuckyMe Nigeria is adding value to lives 5 days ago Samuel BETTING HOT NEWS NIGERIA How Nigerian celebrities are fueling the sports betting boom 5 days ago Szarlot BETTING NIGERIA Why is Nigeria not attracting the top gambling brands? 6 days ago Szarlot KENYA LOTTERIES State set to start national lottery to fund sports, arts 1 week ago Samuel CASINO NIGERIA Nigeria Could Become Africa’s Premier Gambling Region 1 week ago Samuel Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.