An agent of NairaBet, a sports betting platform, ended his life, on Wednesday, over his inability to pay a customer who allegedly won a N600,000 bet, Punchng reports.
Residents of Obadeyi Ajala woke up on Wednesday to find the deceased dangling from a rope in an uncompleted shop at Ajala bus stop, on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
A girlfriend of the deceased, who reportedly worked in a filling station in the area, was alerted. The lady reportedly passed out on sighting the body, but was revived by the sympathisers at the scene.
A resident, Monday Gabriel, told our correspondent on the telephone that the lady gave an account of what could have prompted him to commit suicide. He said,
“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.”
Another eyewitness, Olanrewaju Adebiyi, said,
“I learnt he ran a NairaBet shop. 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.”
An official of NairaBet Contact Centre, who gave her name only as Chidika, said that the firm always paid for any won ticket, She said,
“We always pay for any won ticket. An agent has his own personal business.
He/she is just a partner with NairaBet in which we share commission on a monthly or weekly basis. So, it depends on the understanding he had with the customer or the issue on the ground before he committed suicide.”