A 70-year-old man who is a lottery shop operator also known as "Baba Ijebu", 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 man commited suicide by hanging himself in his shop which was situated in Kayode Market, Abule Ijesha, in the Sabo area of Lagos state. 

Punch Metro discovered that the deceased left a suicide note which was posted at three strategic places in the market before his demise. In the note, he was blaming two people for his death.

The note reads; 
For your information, Bourney and Osuma, two of them kill me. A killer must surely die


The Iyaloja of the market, Aderemi Thomas while narrating her own side of the story revealed that the accused were customers of the deceased and they won some money but the man couldn't pay back because he didn't submit their tickets to the lottery office. 

In her words 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 suicide.


The Babaloja of the market, Najimudeen Ajadi while being interrogated revealed that he was doing his sanitation when someone notified him of what had happened.

Punch correspondent learnt that the incident had been reported to the Sabo Police Station. The state Police P. R.O, Ball Elkana confirmed the incident and stated that the two accused have been brought in 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.