NLRC clears 19 operators Listed in the LSLGA Publication
Following the recent public notice by the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) that made global headlines, the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) has come out to make clarifications on the status of some of the affected companies.
The Director-General of the NLRC, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila in a statement, clears 19 of the LSLGA listed operators. He stated that the operators were duly licenced to conduct lottery and sports betting business in Nigeria in spite of the publication by the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) which claimed that they were unlicenced.
The operators cleared by NLRC include ZEBET, BETIKA, GOBET, MSPORT, AFRIBET BANGBET, BETWAZOBIA, KORETBET, PARIPESA, LIVESCOREBET, BLACKBET/BETTY BINGO, CLOUDBET, HALLABET, N1BET, KONFAMBET, SCRATCH2WIN, NAIJABET, LOTTOMANIA and MILLIONAIRE POWERPLAY.
The clearance by NLRC was for the public to know the actual status of the operators with regard to the operation of Sports betting and Gaming in the country.
According to the statement, it was necessary for NLRC as the Agency, created by law to regulate Lottery and Gaming in Nigeria to make clarifications, so the cleared gaming operators listed as “unlicenced and illegal” in the publication of LSLGA are duly licenced to conduct lottery and sports betting business in Nigeria.
NLRC in the statement deeply regrets any misconceptions the unfortunate publication may have caused the national gaming licencees operating within the ambit of the law in Nigeria.
For more information and to access the list of approved gaming operators in Nigeria, visit the NLRC’s website at https://nlrc-gov.ng/list-of-approved-gaming-operators.
The NLRC remains committed to its role as the regulatory authority for lottery and gaming activities in Nigeria, ensuring that all operators adhere to the necessary regulations and standards.
Some of the global headlines on the LSLGA publication like “Nigeria bans operators…” was misleading which made the clarification by NLRC a great move. It will help to boost confidence amongst players and investors, as well as ensure fair practices within the Nigerian gambling industry.
The issues between National lottery and state lotteries have been on-going for a very long time and until it is fully resolved either by memorandum of understanding or by legal interpretation by the Supreme Court, it will continue to surface occasionally to embarrass duly licensed national operators without state license.