Emerging report indicates that the Senate committee on youth and sport has ordered popular sports betting company Bet9ja to appear before it or risk being shot down.
This was disclosed by the chairman of the committee Obinna Ogba during the verification of lotto companies with a license to operate in Nigeria.
Ogba said it was unfortunate that Bet9ja refused to honour the committee’s invitation.
“Clerk, write to Bet9ja again. If they did not honour our invitation, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.
”We want to see bet9ja. They can’t run away,” he said
According to him, the Senate is making efforts aimed at assisting the lottery commission to generate money for the federal government.
The chairman explained that the verification followed a series of complaints against the betting companies. He added that “some don’t even have offices while others have not been making remittances to the government.”
”Some got the licences but they are not operating. The new regulation only gives them one year to start operations,” he said.
Meanwhile, about 20 other betting companies appeared before the committee for the verification exercise.
Bet9ja is one of the most popular online bookmaker companies operating in Nigeria that offer betting on major sporting events.