The Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) has issued a stern warning to all unlicensed operators of gaming sites across the state to desist from engaging in illegal activities or face consequences. Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Warns Unlicensed Betting Sites
In a press statement released by the LSLGA, it was revealed that several gaming sites have been operating across the state without proper regulation. As per the regulatory body’s statement, the sites are said to be unregulated and do not have the proper licenses required to operate.
The attention of LSLGA has been drawn to the activities of some organizations conducting gaming operations in Lagos State without obtaining the prerequisite licenses from LSLGA and thereby in contravention of Section 33(3) of the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Law 2021 which provides that ‘a person without a subsisting license or authorization from the Authority shall not conduct or operate any gaming activity in the State”Read a statement from the board.
The affected gaming operators are listed below:
The statement further emphasized the need for operators to comply with the rules and regulations set by the law in order to ensure fairness and transparency in the gaming industry.
Kindly be informed that the Lagos State Government derives powers to regulate Lottery and Gaming from the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) as gaming activities are not included in the Exclusive Legislative List nor the Concurrent Legislative List of the Constitution. It is an item on the Residual List and exclusive to the Jurisdiction of the Federating States in Nigeria. This position has been established and elucidated by several judicial decisions.
The LSLGA also called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious gaming sites to the authority for immediate actions and investigation. It emphasized that the safety of the public is their top priority and that they will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that illegal gaming activities are curbed.
The public is hereby advised to desist and/or discontinue from staking/betting on the platforms of the listed organizations/gaming operators as they are deemed illegal and unknown to LSLGA. Their gaming activities are against the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and contravenes the provisions of the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Law 2021(as amended).Further read the statement from the LSLGA.
It is important to note that illegal gaming activities not only pose a threat to public safety but also undermine the efforts of licensed operators to provide a safe and fair gaming environment. The LSLGA has made it clear that it will not hesitate to take legal action against anyone found to be engaging in illegal gaming operations.
The LSLGA emphasized their commitment to enforcing regulations and laws to create a fair and safe environment for all players and stakeholders in the gaming industry. They reassured the public of their role in ensuring compliance among operators and protecting all punters.
The Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) wishes to reaffirm its commitment to regulating and promoting the Lagos gaming industry to ensure that the interest of all stakeholders are adequately protected.
About Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA)
The Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) is an agency of Lagos State Government established by the Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Law 2021(as amended) to license and regulate lottery and related games of chance including Public Online Lottery, Online Sports Betting, Scratch Cards, Interactive Gaming, Casino, Gaming Machine, Pools Betting, Other Lotteries, Other Games and related activities conducted within Lagos State, Nigeria. Lagos State Lotteries and Gaming Authority Warns Unlicensed Betting Sites