According to the National Lottery Authority (NLA), 18 people have been detained, and several more are expected to face legal action for participating in fraudulent operations in the sector.
This comes after the NLA joined forces with the National Communications Authority and the National Security to crack down on con artists who con unwary clients by posting winning lottery numbers on WhatsApp platforms.
The NLA’s Director General, Sammy Awuku, stated during the Public Accounts Committee meeting that the re-registration of SIM cards would support efforts to combat the threat.
“They don’t even have a limit, even me as the Director-General, sometimes they create WhatsApp platforms, add you to it, and when you exit, they add you again and even tell you that they can give u winning numbers.
“We reported the matter to the NCA, National Security, and the National Signals Bureau and we have made some tremendous efforts. We have arrested more than 18 people last year and some are also standing trial at various but it is an everyday matter and I believe that if there is one agency that is going to benefit from this Sim-Card registration, honestly NLA will be one of them.”