'Baba Ijebu' lottery operators arrested and prosecuted

Dozens of suspects operating illegal lotto services have been arrested in Lagos State.

No less than 50 suspects engaging in illegal lottery operations in Lagos State have been arrested.

Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lotteries Board, Mr. Lanre Gbajabiamila, made this known in a statement on Friday 6th of November, saying that the state government would no longer allow illegal lotteries operations in the state, Today reports.

Most Lotto services in Lagos are generally referred to as 'Baba Ijebu', after the first lotto service in the state.

He also said “ security operatives have been mandated to go all out in the metropolis and arrest anyone found operating without license and authorisation from the state lotteries board.”

Gbajabiamila insisted that the board “remained the only statutory regulatory body for lottery and related activities in the state.”

He added that the board was established by the Lagos State Lotteries Law 2004 (as amended) and authorised to license and regulates gaming activities conducted within the state.

He explained that the board neither issue nor recognises ‘sports lottery license/permit’ or ‘promotional lottery permits’ by whatsoever name called for operations within the state.

Gbajabiamila therefore advised members of the public against patronising illegal operators.

He listed some of recognised licensed operators allowed “to conduct lottery and related activities in Lagos State to include Premier Lotto Limited (Babaijebu), Winners Golden Chance Ventures Limited (Golden Chance lotto), Winlot Global Resources Ventures Limited (Winlot), Superior Games Limited (Big Games) and Softplug Gaming Nigeria Limited.”

Others are Get Altitude Nigeria Limited (Nairabet), Winners Bookmakers Nigeria Limited (1960bet), Marawin Limited (Sportybet), KC Gaming Networks Limited (Bet9ja), ChessPlus International Limited (Surebet247), Merry Bet Gold Limited (Merrybet).

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