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Sports betting shops across Kaduna State have been closed by officials of Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) for non registration and refusal to pay certain levies.
According to a statement issued by the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers and made available to NewsWireNGR on Monday, deliberations were ongoing with respect to the proposed regulatory framework and operators have submitted documentations to KADIRS stating their position, therefore the closure was quite surprising.
In the statement, the association says KADIRS moved to enforcement before deliberations have been concluded.
“This move, to say the least, was done malafide and sends a message that the State is creating a hostile environment for investors which is at variance with the government’s policy to encourage investment in our economy.
“We therefore urge KADIRS to act in good faith by unsealing forthwith all sports betting shops hitherto sealed up by its officials and reopen discussion with operators on the proposed regulatory framework for Kaduna State” the statement partly read.
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