These are our newspaper headlines today; Wednesday, 11th December.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has condemned the invasion of a federal court by the Department of State Services (DSS) to rearrest Omoyele Sowore last Friday. Sowore, the convener of RevolutionNow Movement, was rearrested within the premises of a federal high court in Abuja barely 24 hours after he was released, having spent 124 days in detention. However, Akeredolu, totally condemned the action of the country’s secret service police, saying if things are left unchecked, a time will come when lawyers will be arrested right in a judge’s sitting.
Femi Falana(SAN), popular human rights lawyer, has revealed that the Department of State Services (DSS) has sent a delegation to the court on Monday to apologise for invading court premises. Falana, counsel to Omoyele Sowore, Publisher of SaharaReporters said this at the Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting event in Lagos.
Wole Soyinka, Nobel laureate, says although he has being a victim of ”hate news”, he will never support the hate speech bill which will limit freedom of speech. The renowned author said this on Monday while speaking at a summit to mark the United Nations International Anti- Corruption Day in Abuja.
An unnamed young woman has narrated how she was severally sexually abused by four neighbours for seven years. The lady, while narrating her ordeal on Monday, December 9, before an Ikeja Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Court, said Taofeeq Alabi(49) a driver and Andrew Igwe, a dry cleaner(31) respectively, were two of the culprits. The other two defendants, Babatunde Green and Babatunde Andrew, are said to be currently at large.
The immediate past chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Attahiru Jega has said that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) must show that there are no ”sacred cows” in the fight against corruption. The former INEC chairman said this on Monday while reviewing a book launched by the EFCC in Abuja. The launch of the book entitled, ‘curbing electoral spending’ was to mark the 2019 international anti-corruption day organised by the commission in collaboration with the Nigeria Shippers Council, maritime and transport stakeholders.
The Nigeria Customs Service, Sokoto Area Command says it has intercepted 640 cartons of dangerous and unapproved sex enhancement drugs with the duty paid value of N914.8 million. This was disclosed in a statement signed by the spokesman of the command, Magaji Mailafiya. According to the spokesperson, the aphrodisiacs, otherwise known as “lady killer or AK47” were arrested following a tip-off along Illela-Kware road on the 24th of November.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday reiterated his government’s commitment to guaranteeing the promotion and protection of human rights, respect for the rule of law and sanctity of human lives. The president said this in Abuja Sunday night during the 2019 National Human Rights awards ceremony. The president was represented by the Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Dayo Akpata.
Boboye Oyeyemi, corps marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has warned commercial drivers not to transport corps members leaving orientation camp from 6 pm. Oyeyemi, issued the warning during the FRSC end-of-the-year meeting with transport union stakeholders, in Abuja, on Tuesday.
The FRSC holds the meeting usually in preparation for the end of the year activities. One of the aims of the meeting is to see how vehicular accidents can be reduced during festive periods.
Immediate past governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose, has sought forgiveness from members of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who may be aggrieved by any of his actions in the past to forgive him. Fayose reportedly pleaded for forgiveness in his Afao-Ekiti home during a peace meeting he convened with party members across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Those were our newspaper headlines today; Wednesday, 11th December. You can see more at https://www.informationnigeria.com/
The potential for iGaming in Nigeria uncovered
There is a growing positivity surrounding the Nigerian iGaming industry. As the nation breathes a collective sigh of relief following the announcement of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), it’s hoped that many burgeoning industries such as the world of iGaming can be allowed to flourish and bring much-needed tax revenues to the country.
Many analysts within the iGaming industry believe Nigeria has the potential to become Africa’s iGaming hub. Its domestic market is already forecast to be worth $2 billion, due largely to sports betting and the fascination with Nigerian soccer stars overseas like Odion Ighalo at Manchester United. Meanwhile, the domestic penetration of smartphones is also recognised, with some 83% of the population now owning a mobile device.
Nigeria was also a major focal point during this year’s SBC Digital Summit Africa, which was understandably conducted virtually earlier this month. Ahead of the summit, experts enrolled in the event were asked to vote on which African country offered the best foundations for iGaming operators to thrive. Nigeria outperformed every other nation, with 31% of all votes labelling Nigeria as the country with the highest potential to make a real
success of its domestic iGaming sector.
Even South Africa, which has a well-established domestic iGaming market, ranked second with just 28% of the vote. Prospective Nigerian iGaming operators should certainly take a leaf out of the book of South African iGaming brands, many of which have cultivated a strong customer base through the use of incentives and sign-up bonuses. The vast majority of offers available at platforms like Casinos.co.za, direct gamers to the safest and most reputable
One of the main reasons that industry experts believe in Nigeria’s iGaming potential is that it already boasts an engaged target demographic. Many of its young adults are already betting on sports like soccer and boxing, and there is a feeling that introducing them to casino gaming verticals would not be too difficult a stretch. Marry that with a growing number of smartphone users, which is predicted to reach over 140 million people by 2025, and you can
see the potential for iGaming apps and web applications to provide immersive, secure gaming
on the go.
Presently, the country has three separate bodies responsible for licensing online betting activities – the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML) and the National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion (NOTAP). At the time of writing, online betting at a domestic Nigerian site is strictly prohibited by law. Loopholes regarding offshore operators make it possible for
Nigerians to play elsewhere, but it seems somewhat short-sighted for the Nigerian government to steer clear of creating its own regulated, revenue-making iGaming industry.
In a nation of substantial population, supporters of developing a domestic iGaming industry in Nigeria believe that the most would be a positive step, creating new career opportunities for everyday people. This could be in customer support, game development or any other facet of an iGaming operator. All the while, generating tax revenues for the Nigerian government and helping to breathe new life into the domestic economy.
There is a general feeling that Nigeria’s gaming industries tend to follow the same path as South Africa’s. The SBC Digital Summit Africa revealed that there has been a “seismic shift” from sports betting markets to casino games in the last eight months, including live dealer tables, that’s according to Sean Coleman, CEO of the South Africa Bookmakers Association.
Live dealer games seemingly “appeal to millennials” across South Africa. Dean Finder, CEO of Evolution Services SA believes the fact that live dealer games are “not gender biased” is an opportunity to reach out to female players, which are an often “unserved market” across Africa.
For these trends to follow suit in Nigeria, operators will need to build further trust in their
games and regulatory measures to curry favour with the country’s legislature.
Shehu Sani Mocks FG Poverty Alleviation Scheme
Civil Rights activist and former Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district, Shehu Sani has mocked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration plan to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
Recall that President Buhari administration has constantly reiterated plans to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years.
However, the last few days have seen Nigerians discover warehouses where COVID-19 palliatives are stored by state governments which have led to the raiding of the warehouses by Nigerians.
Reacting to the development, the former lawmaker described the move to be the consequence of Nigerians being tired of having to wait for 10 years to be lifted out of poverty.
See his tweet below:
The poor refused to wait for the Government to lift them out of poverty ‘in ten years’ and they went lifting bags of palliatives.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) October 25, 2020
Nigerians React As Festus Keyamo Shades Youths Over #EndSARS Protests
Nigerians have expressed their distaste for the tweet posted by Festus Keyamo over the #EndSARS protests that has led to lives and property being destroyed by hoodlums.
The Minister of State, Labour & Employment took to his Twitter page on Friday morning to post a tweet that reads thus:
“This morning, I woke up and remembered the African proverb: WHAT AN OLD MAN CAN SEE SITTING DOWN, A YOUNG MAN CAN’T SEE EVEN IF HE CLIMBS THE HIGHEST IROKO TREE. Good morning, Lagos. Good morning, Nigeria.”
A Twitter user identified as Adesina Oluwafemi berates the SAN for being a part of bad governance. “Mr. Keyamo. I am astonished at your statement. I am equally as old as you are if not older and I feel the pain of this our youth. I even have classmates that I can’t boast of. All these is because of bad governance which u are a part of“, he wrote.
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