While trying to celebrate the win of a N36,000 bet, a gambler has landed in serious problems which has even earned him a court appearance.
According to reports, a gambler identified as Yakubu Bashir, is currently facing charges at the Ikeja Magistrate's court, on counts of fraud and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.
Bashir was reportedly arrested at the Bendel Inn, Ipodo road, Ikeja, Lagos, for disturbing people's peace after he was asked to pay for his expenses. He had earlier gone to celebrate his N36,000 win from a sports bet he had made, but had ended up incurring a N145,000 bill on food and drinks (he paid for everyone present at the inn).
According to PUNCH Metro, trouble started when the manager of the Inn had asked him to pay up, and he said he had only the N36,000 he had earlier won. He however pleaded to be allowed to pay in installments. This resulted in a disagreement which led to Bashir being reported to the police at the Ikeja Police Division, and his subsequent arrest.
Speaking to the police, Bashir 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.”
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The charges below was read to him at the court which was presided over by the chief magistrate Mrs. O.A. Akokhia:
"That you, Yakubu Bashir, on December 7, 2016, at about 1.10am at Bendel Inn on Ipodo Road, Ikeja, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause a breach of the peace by ordering for assorted drinks and food for your friends worth N145,000 and refusing to pay, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 166 of the Criminal Law, No. 11, Vol.44, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.
That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforesaid magisterial district, did fraudulently collect assorted drinks and food valued at N145,000 promising to pay, knowing same to be false, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 312 of the Criminal Law, No 11, Vol.44, Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.”
Bashir has since pleaded 'not guilty' to the charges, and has been granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case has also been adjourned till January 25, 2017.