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Abuja Man Who Climbed Mast, Threatened Suîcide Over Hardship, Arrested



Suicide by mast in Abuja

A man identified as Shuaibu Yushau, who climbed a mast to commit suicide in protest of the subsisting hardship in the country has been arrested by the operatives of the Federal Capital Territory Police Command after he was persuaded to come down from the mast at Katampe, Abuja. reports that Yushau on Monday was handed over to the police after he was convinced by the emergency responders and concerned citizens to come down from the mast.

According to a suicide note he dropped at the foot of the mast, Yushau demanded the return of the abrogated fuel subsidy regime, among others, for the government to alleviate the burdens on Nigerians.

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Confirming his arrest, the spokesperson for the FCT Police Command, Josephine Adeh, disclosed in a statement that Yusuf was stopped from committing suicide and he was convinced to come down from the mast and thereafter was arrested.

“Following a distress call from concerned citizens about a young man who climbed a very high mast with a placard at Aso Radio in Katampe at about 09:10 a.m, the operatives of the FCT Police Command swiftly mobilised to the location.

“With much professional persuasion from the police operatives, the man later identified as Shuaibu Yushau was prevented from taking his own life.

“He claimed to have been observing the mast for about a week before deciding to climb it. The suspect is presently in police custody and a stable condition.”

The FCT Fire Service spokesperson, Ibrahim Tauheed, in a telephone interview with The Punch, also stated that after several hours of appeals from emergency responders, Yusuf came down from the mast and was arrested by the police.

“The FCT Fire Service, in conjunction with the FCT Emergency Service, has finally convinced the man attempting suicide to come down. He has come down from the mast finally and has been handed over to the police.”

“The FCT Fire Service is a fire and rescue organisation. Our job is to make sure that if anyone is threatening to take their own life, we will go and rescue the person. Although cases like this are rare, they keep happening, and if they keep happening, we are always on standby to rescue anyone whose life is on the line. It is part of our job.”

With additional report from the Punch

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