The Senate Committee on Youth and Sports on Tuesday threatened to order the shutdown of Bet9ja office for non remittance of dues to the government and failing to honour its invitation for a second time.
The Chairman of the Committee, Sen. Obinna Ogba, made the remark at the National Assembly, Abuja during the verification of loto companies with license to operate in Nigeria, PM news reports.
He added that 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.”
According to him, the Senate is making efforts aimed at assisting the Lottery Commission to generate money for the Federal Government, “we want to see bet9ja. They can’t run away,” he added.
He noted that the verification followed series of complaints against the betting companies, adding 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 give them one year to start operations,” he noted.