Northern State in Nigeria, Kaduna, clamps down on illegal gambling

An estimated 1500 gaming offices spread across the state, are carrying out operations without proper licensing

The number of betting and gambling outlets, operating without relevant licences has skyrocketed and has resulted in Kaduna state Internal Revenue department (KADIRS) taking action by shutting down gambling and betting operators that are functioning without approved licenses.

It appears that, so far, over 13 operators have been shut down.

Head of Gaming, Liye Anthony, disclosed this during a discussion with reporters and revealed that this operation began on 10th September with a list of 13 operators which include, five branches each of Bet9ja and King Bet, two of AccessBet and one of Derby Lotto.

“We will continue to go after them until all the operators of the gaming companies regularised their operations and obtained the needed license to operate in the state,” he said.

The recent revised Kaduna Tax Codification and Consolidation law state that gaming operators must be registered and licensed before they can commence operations, this law also clearly states the registration fees are non-refundable with also 10% tax on each stake and every winning amount.

Anthony Liye (pictured) also went on to specify that an estimated 1500 gaming venues spread across the state are carrying Anthony Liyeout operations without proper licensing. Therefore, this will result in the closure of several places since gambling operators need to abide by a number of regulations and possess a licence if they wish to offer services to customers.

Executive Chairman of KADIRS, Zaid Abubakar, reported that these unregistered operators owe tax amounting to N500 million, listing companies such as K.C Gaming Network, Bet9ja, BetKing and AccessBet all acquiring debts of N325 million, N68 million and N33 million respectively. He further explained that these organisations make N2 billion monthly from gambling activities but do not remit any payments for tax, and therefore, all operators will be legally required to integrate their activities into the KADIRS service software.

The Executive Chairman of the agency, Zaid Abubakar, explained that “gaming companies were mopping about N2.0 billion monthly from the state and were not paying a penny to the state government as tax.”

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