Influential Nigeria governor shuts down all casinos, gaming centres, gives powerful reason

  • Operations of all casinos and gaming centres in the Anambra state have been suspended following the governor’s directive
  • The Anambra State Government said it received a “worrisome” report about fraudulent and criminal activities being carried out in the payment for winnings
  • Meanwhile, this development was confirmed by the commissioner for culture, entertainment and tourism, Donatus Onyenji, through a statement

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The Anambra State Government has ordered the immediate suspension of operations of all casinos and gaming centres in the state.

According to a report by The Punch, the directive followed alleged fraudulent and criminal activities observed in their operations.

Anambra state government, Governor Chukwuma Soludo, casinos, gaming centres
Anambra Government shuts down gaming centres citing criminal activities as the reason guiding its decision.
Photo credit: Charles Chukwuma Soludo
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Governor Soludo confirmed the directive

This directive was contained in a statement jointly signed by the commissioner for Culture, Entertainment; Tourism, Donatus Onyenji and chairman, Anambra State Internal Revenue Service; Richard Madiebo and the Commissioner for Homeland Affairs, Chikodi Angra.

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They claimed that the government received a worrisome number of petitions pertaining the manipulation of casino machines and non-transparency in payment for winnings.

According to the statement, the allegations amounted to serious abuse of global best practices in the industry which the government under the watch of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo would not condone.

It said the fraudulent practices by the gaming centres would no longer be condoned under the watch of the present administration.

Soludo suspends LG chairman accused of killing wife

In another development, the chairman of the Nnewi local government has been suspended by the Anambra state government.

Mbazuluike Iloka was suspended over allegations of domestic violence and the death of his wife, Chidiebere, who died on August 7.

According to a letter by the commissioner for local government, chieftaincy, and community affairs in the state, Mbazuluike’s suspension is with immediate effect.

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The family reportedly ran away from the flood that attacked their home and moved to another city free of the flood.

A boat reportedly carrying 80 passengers capsised at Umunnakwo in the Ogbaru local government area of the state.


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