Crisis between Western Lotto and Bet9ja have a bad turn as a Federal High Court Abuja Division has ordered the search and retrieval of all properties belonging to Lotto9ja in Bet9ja offices across Nigeria.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo also made an order to restrain government from registering any other Lotto9ja or any of its variants by any of its agents since there is an existing entity called Lotto9ja Limited with fully registered trademarks.
At this moment, police and court sheriffs are in Bet9ja offices retrieving the said properties. There is dispute over the ownership of the Lotto9ja brand identity with both companies (Western Lotto and Bet9ja) laying equal claims.
Investigations by Politicos.ng show that there is a fight over who owns the brand identity after market intelligence revealed that one of the companies had gone ahead to train agents, print roll-out materials and were set to launch.
An online gaming magazine had reported that Western Lotto had concluded plans to launch another lotto brand called Lotto9ja before it learnt of the above development.