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Abuja: Man climbs mast, threatens suicide over hardship

A middle-aged man, Monday morning, climbed a broadcast mast at Katampe Hills in Abuja, threatening to kill himself if the federal government fails to revert…

A middle-aged man, Monday morning, climbed a broadcast mast at Katampe Hills in Abuja, threatening to kill himself if the federal government fails to revert its policy on subsidy removal and address the current hardship in the country.

City & Crime learnt that the man identified as Shuaibu Alhaji Yusuf from Maiduguri, Borno State, dropped a handwritten note, demanding an end to issues of insecurity in parts of the northeast and the northwest.

Making his nine points demands from the government, the man said, “On behalf of fellow Nigerians, I demand the following: Government should return fuel subsidy, government should declare state of emergency in Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Borno on insecurity (sic) matters and take immediate action to clear those terrorism (sic) in the above listed state and the country at large.

“Government should open borders for food impartation in order to eradicate food shortages in the country and the government should immediately respond to the problem of out of schoolchildren which is increasing rapidly.

“These are the major Nigerian (sic) problems and I’m ready to sacrifice my life for the solutions to them. I’m calling for(sic) fellow Nigerians to join me in this riot.”

City & Crime reports that the Acting Director-General of the FCT Emergency Management Department, Mrs Florence Wenegieme, who was at the scene, persuaded him to come down from the mast, which he eventually did.

He was taken to the FEMD office, where the police reportedly took custody of him.

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