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Oyo government to clampdown on unregistered promotional lotteries

Oyo State Gaming Board has said it is ready to begin enforcing the law to ban companies that engage in unregistered promotional lotteries in the state.

The Director-General, Oyo State Gaming Board, Mr Olajide Boladuro, who said this, also warned residents of the state to beware of companies and organisations who were luring them with unrealistic gift offers in the name of promotional lotteries.

He spoke in Ibadan on Monday at a media briefing to herald the annual interactive stakeholders’ forum of the board.

He said the challenge of unregistered promotional lotteries in the state had been on the rise lately due to the approaching end of the year realities.

He said, “It has been a challenge with some of the companies that engage in promotional lotteries. I don’t want to mention names, but they know themselves.

“We have written to all the companies and from our investigations around the state, we have given them warnings, we have written to them. We are not getting a lot of responses.

“I want to use this press conference again to communicate to them because the next thing that will follow the appeals to all these companies will be strict enforcement.

“We are going to lock up their gates. So, you cannot be bigger than the government. This is in our law. If you look at the Oyo State Gaming Law 2018, the promotional lottery is embedded in our laws.

“Banks, telecoms that give announcements about what they can do on the recharge cards or whatever to their customers, are supposed to register with the Oyo State Gaming Board and there is a fee you pay for that registration for you to embark on those kinds of activities.

“After our stakeholders’ forum, there are plans in place, especially in this festive period to engage those companies that have not complied with our warnings for them to do the needful going by the law of the state.”

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