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Enugu State Govt. Accuses Bet9ja of Illegalities, Proscribes Platform

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. It’s all about paying the significantly high renewal fees without any prior notice… huge renewal fees from N1.3m to N7.9m – Bet9ja 

Enugu State Government has proscribed Bet9ja, accusing the platform of illegalities. Bet9ja operates with registered trading name of KC Gaming Networks Limited.

KC Gaming Networks Limited is registered with the Lagos State Lotteries Board license, the Sportsbook and Gaming license issues by the State of Osun, and claims its hold licenses to operate in all States where sports betting is permitted in Nigeria.

Confirming the Enugu State Government’s ‘immediate ban of Bet9ja operations in the State’, the Chairman, Enugu State Gaming Commission (ESGC), Harrison Ogara, told TechEconomy.ng that it was brought to the notice of the government that the gambling outfit has been illegally operating in the state.

“They have been cheating customers and denying the state of taxes and fees required of gaming operators.

“By this order, all Bet9ja outlets throughout the state have been closed with immediate effect.

“Anyone caught doing business in those outlets shall be arrested and prosecuted,” Mr. Ogara said.

When contacted, the Legal Adviser to Bet9ja, Chuks Emele, confirmed the report to TechEconomy.ng, but adding that the “Whole issue is all about paying the significantly high renewal fees without any prior notice.

“Today when I got the information about the threat of the ban by the gaming authority I have been in touch with the Chairman of the state Gaming Authority Mr Harrison Ogara and expressed our desire to dialogue and settle the huge renewal fees from N1.3m to N7.9m to an amount that is reasonable and acceptable.

“The increase was done without any prior notice and we told them we are ready to apply judicial review of their actions to force them to come to settlement.

“The chairman Harrison had agreed to speak to me later tonight after consultations with the Attorney General of the State and hopefully we can resolve the matter.

“I can confirm that when I will discuss with the chairman again this evening I will inform him of my desire to come to Enugu to see him at his office and resolve the issues – huge fees to a reduced level.

“I will keep everyone posted of the outcome of my discussions with the chairman this evening”, Emele writes in an email to TechEconomy.ng.

Enugu State Gaming Commission was established under an Edict in 1991 and mandated to regulate, promote, control and tax gaming activities such as casino, lotteries, lotto, pools betting, and such other games.