The Senate Committee on Youths and Sports on Tuesday threatened to ask the National Lottery Commission to seal the offices of a betting firm, Bet9ja, if the company fails to honour its invitation the second time.
The committee’s chairman, Obinna Ogba, said this during the verification of Lotto companies operating in Nigeria.
He described the firm’s decision not to honour the invitation extended to it as unfortunate.
While asking the clerk to invite the firm again, the senator declared, “If they did not honour our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal their offices.”
He said the verification was organised following a series of complaints against betting firms in the country.
He also observed that some are without offices and others do not pay taxes to the government which is against the law.
He however noted that, about 20 betting companies appeared before it on Tuesday. He said that the invitation was vital to check their activities and to ensure that Nigerians are not defrauded.