EFCC uncovers 35 illegal betting companies operating in Nigeria

EFCC uncovers 35 illegal betting companies operating in Nigeria

- The EFCC uncovers the identity of 35 lottery business operators who do not have core licenses or permits to operate in the country

- The anti-graft agency said the 35 illegal companies’ names were unraveled during an investigation that was carried out on the operations of lottery companies in the country

- The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) had in the past urged gaming operators in the country to register their operation

The EFCC has uncovered the identity of 35 lottery business operators who do not have core licenses or permits to operate.

The anti-graft agency said the 35 illegal companies’ names were unraveled 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 (NLRC) based on a request from the EFCC.

The EFCC listed some of the illegal companies as:

1. Emerald Bets International Limited (Emerald Bet)

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2. Saharabets Sports Ltd (Surebet247)

3. Bimm Entertainment Ltd (Easy Bet)

4. Champion Superbet (Superbet)

5. EbonyBet, 360Bets Limited

6. Bet Now Global Business Services Limited

7. Caryle Investment Limited (BetMunster)

8. Camlake Limited (Wakabet)

9. West Africa Betting Company Limited (PMUbet)

10. Playwin International Limited (RukkaBet)

11. Ana Lottery Ltd, ParknBet Champion Bookmakers. Nig. Limited

12. Space Gaming, Fane Int’l Sports Tour Limited (First Fane Sports)

13. Zandalex Int’l Nigeria Limited,

14. Gidi Games

15. Uwin Bets Limited

16. Megawin Bets Limited

17. Vertical Bets

18. Gaming Limited

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19. Smart Bet Limited (Power Bet)

20. EasyGold Network (Awoof Bet)

21. Melbet

22. 22Bet

The National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) had in the past urged gaming operators in the country to register their operation.

Meanwhile, EFCC has vowed that it will not allow anyone to defraud the country over a controversial claim of £2.5 billion against one of its lead counsels Rotimi Jacob.

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The anti-graft commission made this known in a statement on Wednesday, March 25, and further added that some senior lawyers in the country are trying to blackmail Jacob because of his anti-corruption stance.

EFCC said the group of lawyers, numbering 27, had petitioned the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) against Jacob, alleging that he used the commission to intimidate them for winning a monetary suit against the Central Bank of Nigeria and Union Bank of Nigeria.

The commission said all 'calculated attempt' by the lawyers and "their sponsors to short-change Nigeria" and to drag the reputation of his lead counsel into disrepute will be vehemently rejected.

EFCC also dismissed the claim made by the spokesperson of the aggrieved lawyers, Onyechi Egwuonwu, alleging that the bank induced the EFCC and Jacobs to file criminal charges against their client, Petro Union Oil, in order to frustrate the execution of the judgment.

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In another news, a Federal High Court in Abuja has reportedly granted N100million bail to the former Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, following her arraignment on Monday, March 23.

The Nation reports that Oyo-Ita was arraigned on charges of money laundering, fraud, among others before Justice Taiwo Taiwo.

Legit.ng gathers that she was arraigned with two of her former aides, Garba Umar and Ubong Okon Effiok.

Meanwhile, the Socio-Economic Right And Accountability Project (SERAP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take measures to ensure that funds allocated for coronavirus management are properly spent.

SERAP in a brief statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, urged Buhari to urgently instruct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission to take action to avoid diversion of public funds.

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SERAP in a brief statement posted on its official Twitter handle on Sunday, March 22, urged Buhari to urgently instruct the EFCC and the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission to take actions to avoid diversion of public funds.

The non-governmental organisation advised the president to direct the anti-graft agencies to jointly monitor and track the spendings on coronavirus by the federal agencies and state governments to "remove the risks of corruption in our healthcare systems".

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