The Bauchi State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill banning all forms of gambling in the state.
The bill also banned ownership and operations of gaming machines including BetNaija and NaijaBet.
According to the member representing Lere/Bula constituency, Aminu Tukur, who spoke to journalists after Thursday’s plenary, the bill, co-sponsored by 10 members, is to be cited as Gambling and Gaming Machines Prohibition Law of the state.
“The bill passed the first, second reading and third readings instantly on the floor of the house because the honourable members of the house looked at its importance.
“The bill will ensure that gambling is not only banned but will also sanitise the morality of our youth and children.
“The law provides that any gaming machine, be it electronic or otherwise, found in a place after three months of the commencement of the law shall be forfeited to the state government,” he said.
Sponsors of the bill include the Speaker of the House, Kawuwa Damina (Darazo), Abdullahi Abdulkadir (Bura), Maryam Bagel (Dass), Ibrahim Hassan (Duguri), Idris Idris (Dambam), Salisu Ajilanga (Gamawa), Yusuf Dadiye, Yusuf Nuhu (Ganjuwa), Garba Musa (Sakwa) and Markus Makama (Bogoro).