Betting, Lottery Not Banned In Anambra – Commissioner 

By Adadainfo
The Anambra state commissioner for culture, entertainment and tourism, Don Onyenji, weekend, debunked the news that lottery and betting activities were banned in the state.
Onyenji told the operators to disregard the information. He clarified this in a statement made available to our correspodent in Awka.
Quoting him, “The attention of the Anambra State Government has been drawn to the various misinterpretations of its directives to operators of Casino Games domiciled in hotels and restaurants in the state to suspend their operations.
“This was as a result of written and video petitions on suspected fraudulent practices, lack of transparency and non-payment of Game winnings to players.
“Part of the directives reads ‘The Anambra State Ministry of Culture, Entertainment And Tourism in collaboration with the Anambra State Internal Revenue Service AIRS and the Ministry of Homeland Affairs hereby directs all operators of Casino Games within hotels, restaurants and bars to suspend all operations with immediate effect.
“The suspension will last until the conclusion of investigations.”
According to him, all hotel owners and bars in the state had been invited to a meeting to discuss security and other services and policy issues.
He added that, “It is grossly unfortunate that some mischief-makers added lottery and betting activities and organisations to the ban.”
Onyenji said that the government had identified the owners of the particular casino machine and advanced investigations on the complaint.
He said that the sites involved in the complaint have temporarily shut down their machines, assuring that the state government would conclude investigations in a record time when the reported case is fairly handled and discharged.
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