Capital ‘Mumu’ Gambler incurs debt of N145K while celebrating N36K win

A gambler has got in serious trouble after he took his friends to celebrate winning a betting game only to spend more than he won.

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A 26-year-old man, Yakubu Bashir, who was celebrating his ‘big win’ of N36, 000 has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly defrauding a hotel in the Ikeja area of the state of N145,000.

Punch reports that Bashir had taken his friends to the Bendel Inn located on Ipodo Road, Ikeja, to celebrate with his friends after cashing out on a sports betting and ended up incurring the huge bill that he could not settle.

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The suspect who was dragged before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on two counts of conduct likely to cause breach of the peace and fraud, was said to have invited his friends to the hotel to celebrate the win and ended up buying drinks for them and other people in the hotel, with a promise to pay the bills.

It was learned that after the drinking and merriment spree, the manager of the hotel approached Bashir for payment but he pleaded that he had only N36,000 with him and should be allowed to pay in installments, something the manager would not accept.

When he could not offset the huge bills, the manager had to call in the police and he was arrested and detained at the Ikeja Police Division.

Narrating what happened to him to the police, the suspect said:

“I am an NCE holder and work as a security guard in a hotel. On December 6, I placed a sports bet and won N36,000.

Out of happiness, I went to the bar with my friends to celebrate my breakthrough. The money was in my bank account. I wanted to withdraw it the following morning because we wanted to pass the night at the bar.

I explained to a waiter that I would give him N36,000 and pay him up by January, but he refused,” the suspect told the police.

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The accused who pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.A. Akokhia, was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum while the case was adjourned until January 25, 2017.

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