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Nigeria is a blue-level online gambling jurisdiction because there are no regulations whatsoever for the industry.

Nigeria is located near the center of Africa and borders the Atlantic Ocean to the south. It has Benin to the west, Niger to the north and Cameroon to the east.

Overview

The situation with online gambling in Nigeria is probably unlike what's going on with any other country in the world, and that makes it particularly interesting. Back in 2013, the main Commission that governs gambling in the country launched an online casino that only offered roulette games. It's not clear if this was some sort of test of concept or a part of a larger project, but it only lasted for a few months before going down. It's no longer in operation.

With that having been said, there are no laws against playing in online casinos or other types of gambling sites in Nigeria. On the land-based side, there are regulated casinos and other types of government-operated gambling like lotteries, but nothing is offered on the Internet. This means that players only have foreign operators to choose from.

Licensing

The one site with roulette that was licensed by the Commission back in 2013 did not last very long, and there weren't many details ever given to the public about what the licensing process was like. However, the land-based side of the industry is regulated on a very strict level, and you could probably expect any online sites to be held to high standards as well. We've seen that there is a licensing process in place in Nigeria because of the previous site that operated, but it's unclear whether they're interested in giving out any other online gambling licenses to operators or software companies at this time.

This dynamic makes online gambling licensing in Nigeria really interesting and atypical. On one hand, they haven't done much with online gambling, so there's no reason to expect new sites to pop up here anytime soon. On the other hand, the licensing process is already in place, so it would be possible for a site to start trying to get in on the action tomorrow if they were well-received by the Nigerian government. It's a very volatile but industry-friendly situation to say the least.

Player Protections

It's unclear what player protections would exist for sites or software companies that are licensed in Nigeria in the future. For the land-based side, player protections exist on a high level because they want to keep confidence in the regulated games. Illegal land-based gambling is a big problem in Nigeria, and they know the importance of maintaining confidence in their casinos, national lottery and other games so that they can keep as large of a piece of the market as possible. We'd expect they would do the same with online gambling.

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