The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) publicly forced lottery companies to pay owed amounts of money to the state's treasury. The commission representative, Mohammed Umar Abbah, announced that 4.16 billion Nigerian Naira (which is about $10,8 million) were not paid by the companies that provide lottery activity in the country. The government is rather pleased as the EFCC continues active work after they have arraigned the former Director of Physical Planning for scamming with contracts.
The 24 September brought unfortunate lottery news for Nigerian representatives in this sector as the EFCC announced several organizations did not make considerable amounts of owed payments. According to Mohammed Umar Abbah, the state will recover 1.16 billion Naira from Abuja-operating lotteries, while Lagos State gambling representatives should pay another 3 billion of the same currency.
That was an outcome of the meeting between the EFCC and MTF (Ministerial Task Force) held on 24 September. Mohammad also made an emphasis on the need to control this sector tighter as lotteries were not paying to the country's treasury for years. The Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs also praised the role of EFCC in the regarded case and claimed that it would positively change the situation in the state's lottery sector overall.
The EFCC shows what effective work in Nigeria is
Earlier this month, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission also was involved in arraigning Pius Ugochukwu, a former chairman of the Physical Planning and Development Department. He was noted for scamming 27 million Naira (about $700 000) for the help in a contract signing for one of the local companies. The EFCC charged three counts against the former director, who was trying to influence a 1 billion deal for Everson Associates Limited.