Lottery operator hanged himself to death over winnings

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A lottery shop operator , identified simply as Baba Pool , on Thursday committed suicide over his alleged failure to pay some of his customers their winnings.

It was gathered that the deceased hanged himself inside his shop in Kayode Market , Abule Ijesha , in the Sabo area of Lagos State .

Reports learnt that the deceased, in a suicide note , blamed two people for his death .

He wrote, “ For your information , Bourney and Osuma .

Two of them kill me .

A killer must surely die . ”

Our correspondent learnt that the deceased pasted the note at three strategic places in the market before he took his own life .

According to the Iyaloja of the market , Aderemi Thomas , the accused persons played lottery in the deceased’ s shop , but after winning , they could not get their money .

She said , “ I was called around 8 am to come to the market because Baba Pool had committed suicide.

I called the owner of the shop to join me in the market , but he said he was far away .

“ When I got to the market, I was told what happened and not long after, the police came to interrogate us and we took them to the scene .

“ I learnt that Bonny and Osuma came to play lottery in his shop , but he did not submit their tickets to the lottery office .

So , when those people realised that they had won , they asked for their money . Instead of explaining to them that he did not submit their tickets , he committed suicide. ”

The Babaloja of the market , Najimudeen Ajadi , said he was doing sanitation when someone notified him of the incident .

Our correspondent learnt that the matter was reported at the Sabo Police Station .

The state Police Public Relations Officer , Bala Elkana , who confirmed the incident , said the two accused persons had been arrested for questioning.

He said , “ We received a report about a 70 – year – old who committed suicide in the market .

The man accused one 85- year – old man and another man .

He left a note that those two people were responsible for his death; we want to look at the extent of their culpability .


We have commenced investigation on the role they might have played and on why he accused them . ”

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