26-year-old Nigerian student, Tomiwa Olaniyan, has taken to Twitter to seek help from a bookmaker, @Mrbankstips, after losing his mother’s N400k to online betting.
Tomiwa’s tweet, which has since been deleted, read: “I swear I’d stop betting if you help me. I kept chasing my loss. My mum will be travelling on Wednesday and I need the money to buy clothes.”
Tomiwa, who hails from Oyo state, disclosed that he intended to double the N400k to settle personal needs and school projects. “I wanted to double it as I need some money for personal needs, school projects and all,” he said.
Speaking on his betting experience, Tomiwa advised people not to stake what they cannot afford to lose. “No bet is sure. Even if it’s 1.2 odds. And no one should stake what they can’t afford to lose,” he warned.
The incident has sparked reactions from social media users, with many expressing sympathy for Tomiwa’s plight while advising him to learn from his mistake.
@awo.iv said: “How do those who play bet think? You queue up 29 matches that will be played and decided by over 600 people, you predict what will happen in each match and you don’t think 1 of those 600 persons will not misbehave? Permit me to say that all gam.blers are foölish and they deserve their looses.”
@rhukieee said: “You don’t know what God has done for you as a woman if you have a man who isn’t into betting and those gam.bling sh!t.”
@finegirl.joy said: “Even people that owns betting site advice you gamble responsibly, how cud you carry a whole lot of #400,000 and bet, instead of doing 5k-5k, you are suppose to be arrested and prosecuted for irresponsible gam.bling. grin.”