The House of Representatives has resolved to stop sports betting in the country & urged the National Lottery Regulatory Commission (NLRC) to comply with the Lottery Regulatory Commission Act, 2005

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Kelechi Nwogu at plenary in Abuja on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) had earlier reported that approximately 60 million Nigerians aged between18 & 40 engage in sports betting

According to him, weak or neglected regulations of sports betting have given rise to m+ntal health problems, such as depression, anxiety & addiction

Nwogu added that it had also led to strain or broken relationships due to lying or stealing from friends & family, financial problems, legal issues & job loss due to excessive loss or debt

“Betting has given rise to increased crime rate & eventual s¥****e,” he said. He harped on the need for campaigns to prevent the negative social impact of lottery & underage participation