A lottery shop operator, identified simply as Baba Pool, on Thursday
committed suicide over his alleged failure to pay some of his customers
It was gathered that the deceased hanged himself inside his shop in
Kayode Market, Abule Ijesha, in the Sabo area of Lagos State.
Punch Metro 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.”
Punch 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 8am 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
The Babaloja of the market, Najimudeen Ajadi, said he was doing sanitation when someone notified him of the incident.
Punch 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
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