Musa Suleiman Climbs Telecommunication Mast at Abuja -threatening to Jump to press Ex-Vice President to Pay Debt
A middle-aged man identified as Musa Suleiman yesterday tried to commit suicide by climbing up a telecommunication
mast with the intention of committing suicide over an alleged N15 million debt owed him by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. He attempted this at the premises of the Federal High Court in the Maitama District of Abuja.
Suleiman had earlier brought a petition to the court seeking to see the Chief Judge, but he was asked to take the petition to the Adamawa division of the court – saying that Abuja division did not have jurisdiction on the mattter. When his efforts to see the Chief Judge failed, he stylishly walked to the back of back of the court where the mast was located and started his journey to the top of the mast.
The eyewitness that discovered him has it that Mr. Suleiman started shouting after climbing to the top of the mast; insisting that he would fall down if former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar didn’t come in person to beg him.
Later on, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) rushed to the scene immediately and started
negotiating with the man, who at a point claimed former Vice President Abubakar owed him N15 million. NEMA officials were pleading with him to come down.Not wanting to take chances, NEMA also evacuated nearby buildings asking staff to come out into the open even as people began to scamper for safety thinking the man was a suicide bomber.
The media aide to Atiku, Mallam Garba Shehu told newsmen that the man was insane saying that it was not the best way to get anything from the former Vice President.
It took the combined efforts of the Nigerian Police Force, Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to persuade the man to come down after about three hours on the mast.
Mr Garba further defended his boss by describing him a man that pays his bills. “We honestly suspect that this man is mental, if there is one Nigerian who pays all his bills, that man is Atiku Abubakar. if the idea of his pole climber is to get any money from the Turaki, this certainly is not the best way to go about It”.“Left for me, I will say that the man should simply be ignored. He will climb down when he gets tired of staying up there” Garba Shehu added.
When asked to come down, the man who spoke hausa fluently, insisted that he would not come down until Atiku or the
Inspector General Police comes around. After about several hours of persuading him to come down,an Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP, Sunday Odukoya, spoke to him in hausa language using a megaphone and assured him that the IG is around and that an agreement has been brought for his money to be paid. After hours of persuation, the man finally responded to Odukoya and came down of the mast. He was quickly driven away by the police in a Toyota Hilux van with the registration number FG 568 BO.
The FCT Police Command spokesman, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, stated that they are taking the man away for investigation over the allegation he leveled against the former Vice President.
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