The Federal Government through the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has vowed to weed out some Sports betting companies in the country.
The frantic decision was taken following the discovery of some sports betting companies operating in Lagos State with forged permits, Naija News understands.
NLRC Director-General, Lanre Gbajabiamila, in a statement handed down on Monday through the commissionâ€™s spokesperson, Magnus Ekechukwu, said some officials of the defaulting companies have been arrested and would be made a scapegoat to their likes still ghosting around.
Gbajabiamila said that the Commission will deploy every available legal instrument to weed out all criminal elements operating within the Nigerian gaming industry.
He reiterated that the arrested criminals are being prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others who could be nursing similar ideas.
The NLRC DG found it strange and disturbing that in the present dispensation people could want to defraud the federal government believing they would not be arrested.
â€œLet all criminals steer clear of the lottery industry because I can assure them, they would be arrested and prosecuted.
â€œThe criminals already arrested will serve as an example to other criminal elements to defraud the government.
â€œWe will neither allow nor tolerate such criminality in our industry,â€