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