Police in Lagos has arrested a man for allegedly refusing to pay a debt of N600,000 he incurred in gambling.
Williams Peter, a 38-year-old businessman, was arrested alongside the game centre operator, Solomon Adetoro, for conniving with Peter to allegedly defraud the management of the gambling firm.
According to a Punch report, Peter was said to have approached Adetoro at the gambling centre on Olowu Street, Ikeja, Lagos, on May 24, 2018, and placed several bets without winning but promised to pay the following day.
Peter was reported to have returned to the gambling outlet the next day to place another round of bets and lost until the money accumulated to N600,000.
It was learnt that the operator did not report the debt to the management until it was discovered by an official, who came to take a record of bets around 9:00pm.
Adetoro said: “He regularly comes to play Casinogambling in our shop. Each time he played without winning, he would beg me to allow him play another game. He played it for two days and the money accumulated to N600,000.
“He wanted to do another N50,000 when I stopped him. He said he had money that I should not worry. It was during the assessment of the account that the N600,000 was discovered.”
In his statement to the police, Peter was said to have confessed to playing the bets on credit. He said he had been gambling for 16 years.