NairaBet Agent Hang Himself Over Failure to Pay N600,000 Win
An agent of popular sports betting company, NairaBet has allegedly taken his own life following his failure to pay a customer who won N600,000 on a bet.
The NairaBet agent whose name could not be immediately ascertained was found dangling from a rope on Wednesday in an uncompleted shop at Ajala bus stop, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
A resident, Monday Gabriel, told newsmen that a lady believed to be the girlfriend of the deceased showed up at the scene and fainted on sighting the dangling body.
“When she regained consciousness, she told us that the man sent her a text message yesterday (Tuesday), saying he wanted to commit suicide. She said she called his line, but he didn’t pick his calls.
“According to the girlfriend, the late man had a NairaBet shop. One of the customers won N600,000, but he has not paid him,” Gabriel said.
The eyewitness added that the lady was subsequently taken away on a motorcycle while policemen from the Ijaiye division arrived to remove the corpse.
Another resident, Olanrewaju Adebiyi while commenting on the issue said, “If it is true that he was owing a customer N600,000, he must have received the money from the NairaBet management and used it for something else. I also play NairaBet and whenever I win, the agent I patronise pays me the moment the company credits his account.
“The company doesn’t owe the agents, but some of them play smart at times when customers win big money.”
Punch reports that the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Olarinde Famous Cole, confirmed that the case was reported to the police.
“The incident was reported. I will get back to you with more details later,” he said.
The incident adds to a worrisome list of suicide incidents in various parts of the country. Earlier in the year, a medical doctor jumped into the lagoon in Lagos and his body retrieved days later.
The police also rescued a trader who claimed to be overwhelmed with debts from taking a dive into the lagoon and subsequently charged her to court for attempting to take her own life.