Battle of the Regulators: Lagos State Clashes with NLRC Over Betting Licenses

HomeBattle of the Regulators: Lagos State Clashes with NLRC Over Betting Licenses

The Lagos State Lottery and Gaming Authority (LSLGA) ignited a fierce debate by asserting its exclusive mandate to issue betting licenses in Lagos State. This declaration has triggered a conflict with the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC), which maintains that it holds the legal authority to grant such licenses.

The LSLGA’s position, based on the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, the Lagos State Lotteries Law (2021), and judicial precedents, asserts its status as the rightful regulator of all gaming activities within Lagos State.

This stance is supported by the Association of State Gaming Regulators of Nigeria (ASGRN), further underscoring the LSLGA’s responsibility for regulating gaming in the state.

The LSLGA has also identified numerous sports betting companies it alleges are operating illegally in Lagos State. These brands include ZEBET, BETIKA, GOBET, MSPORT, 22BET, AFRIBET, and several others.

This development has deepened the existing conflict between the LSLGA and the NLRC, which had previously identified these same brands as legal operators in Nigeria.

In response to this situation, the LSLGA has issued a clear directive, calling for all unlicensed operators to rectify their gaming activities within 30 days. Failure to comply will result in legal action being taken against these organisations.

The LSLGA emphasises its commitment to a gaming industry prioritising safety, transparency, and sustainability. Despite the ongoing debate, both authorities must work together to harmonise their regulatory frameworks, fostering an innovative, transparent, and equitable gaming industry for all stakeholders while reducing friction between state gaming authorities and the NLRC.

Read the full statement below.

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