25-year-old foot­ball fan com­mits sui­cide over bet­ting

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - PANORAMA - From Abio­dun Fagbemi, Ilorin

A25-year-old man has re­port­edly com­mit­ted sui­cide in Ilorin, the Kwara State cap­i­tal. The de­ceased al­legedly took his live by hang­ing him­self on a ceil­ing fan in his apart­ment. He was said to have lost out in a bet­ting over the out­come of a Euro­pean Cham­pion League match played last week.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred in Oko-erin area of the town af­ter the re­turn leg match be­tween FC Barcelona of Spain and AS Roma of Italy played in Italy on Tues­day. He was said to have bet that Barcelona, who were lead­ing by 4-1 in the first leg played at Nou Camp, Spain, would main­tain its lead at end of the re­turn leg and be through to the semi-fi­nal of the UEFA champions league.

How­ever, the match turned out to be 3-0 in favour of AS Roma, mak­ing the ag­gre­gate re­sult to be 44 with Roma qual­i­fy­ing for the semi-fi­nal at the ex­pense of Barcelona by virtue of away goals rule. The re­sult made the de­ceased to lose the mo­tor­cy­cle to his op­po­nent in the bet as the op­po­nent re­port­edly smiled home with the bike from the view­ing cen­tre at the night im­me­di­ately af­ter the match.

The man was said to be down­cast with the loss of the mo­tor­cy­cle as some said he used it for com­mer­cial pur­poses and that it was his main source of liveli­hood, while oth­ers said he was not the owner of the mo­tor­cy­cle and only had it in his cus­tody on be­half of the real owner.

It was learnt that not be­ing able to re­cover from the trauma, the man re­sorted to com­mit­ting sui­cide by hang­ing him­self. An eye­wit­ness, who said not many peo­ple were aware of the in­ci­dent, dis­closed that the de­vel­op­ment dev­as­tated the de­ceased’s Igbo kins­men in the area who lamented the ac­tion of the man.

The Kwara State po­lice com­mand spokesper­son, Ajayi Okasanmi, con­firmed the sui­cide. He said it was not in con­nec­tion with match bet­ting. Okasanmi ex­plained that re­port with him in­di­cated that the man com­mit­ted the sui­cide be­cause of huge debt hang­ing on his neck, say­ing “the man was said to have in­curred debt here and there.”

This is how­ever com­ing barely some days af­ter a stu­dent of the Delta State Univer­sity (DELSU), Abraka, al­legedly com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter be­ing handed two semesters ex­ten­sion by the school au­thor­i­ties fol­low­ing his poor re­sults in his fi­nal year ex­am­i­na­tion. The de­ceased, Orumah Efe­mena, of the Phar­macy Depart­ment, was al­leged to have in­gested two con­tain­ers of in­sec­ti­cide last week Wed­nes­day when he dis­cov­ered that he would be spend­ing an­other ses­sion in school. It was gath­ered that this was the sec­ond time the vic­tim would be re­peat­ing the class.

Some stu­dents of the depart­ment who spoke on anonymity con­firmed the sad in­ci­dent, say­ing the de­ceased had been de­pressed af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he had been put on pro­ba­tion for an­other aca­demic ses­sion. Efe­mena, who was the el­dest child of his par­ents, was said to have also re­ceived some query from his fa­ther on his poor re­sult.

Sources said the de­ceased was found dead in his room in the hos­tel where he lived. He was said to have been rushed to the univer­sity health cen­tre where he was pro­nounced dead.

A lec­turer of the in­sti­tu­tion who also con­firmed the in­ci­dent said med­i­cal re­port in­di­cated that the stu­dent took sub­stances be­lieved to be sniper. He added that upon a check on his apart­ment, two empty con­tain­ers of the prod­uct were dis­cov­ered, con­firm­ing the re­port of the doc­tors.

An­other stu­dent who sim­ply iden­ti­fied her­self as Amaka, said: “He was pre­vi­ously in class the day he died. He looked very happy and he ex­changed jokes with his course mates. Some of his friends were even with him at home but af­ter they left, he drank sniper and died.”

Amaka added that the de­ceased had since been buried on Thurs­day. When con­tacted, DELSU’S Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Mr. Free­born Aganbi, nei­ther con­firmed nor de­nied the in­ci­dent. He, how­ever, re­quested for more time to pro­vide de­tails.

Sim­i­larly, the Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer (PPRO), Delta State po­lice com­mand, An­drew Ania­maka, said al­though he read about the in­ci­dent on the so­cial me­dia, the mat­ter was not re­ported to the po­lice in Abraka.

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