The Borno Geograhic Information Service (BOGIS), has raised concern over the proliferation of illegal lottery houses in Maiduguri and environs.
A statement by the Executive Secretary of the BOGIS, Adam Bababe, said there was noticeable increase in people leasing out thier lands in residential and commercial areas for such lottery or game house operators.
“BOGIS wishes to inform the public that it has noticed the increase in leasing legally allocated spaces, whether for commercial or residential purposes, to lottery or game house operators which is strictly against the law.
“The presence of these gaming/bet houses within our state has led to numerous complaints from concerned residents because it exposes a significant number of our youth to various forms of criminal and notorious activities, all in the pursuit of funds to finance lottery games.
“In view of these, BOGIS would like to reiterate that providing spaces and shops for lottery and gaming houses contradicts established regulations,” Bababe said.
He noted that Section 13, sub-section 2 of the Borno State Land Use Regulation 2022, mandates title holders to adhere to the terms and conditions of their right of occupancy.
According to him, any deviation from the conditions, including engaging in activities that conflict with approved land use, could result to the revoking the land title.
“Furthermore, Section 205 of the Penal Code laws of Borno State specifies that maintaining a house or place for betting or playing games of chance e.g. bet king, bet Naija, sport bet etc, as well as assisting in such activities, is a criminal offense that may lead to imprisonment.
“It is important to note that the law establishing the Borno Geographic Information Service grants the agency the authority to address any land-related administration and management.
“We kindly request your cooperation in ensuring that our shared spaces are utilized responsibly and in accordance with the law,” Bababe said. (NAN)
Source: News Agency of Nigeria