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Contractor attempts suicide on telecoms mast •Over claimed N15m owed him by Atiku

A middle-aged man, Musa Inua, caused commotion on the premises of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Tuesday, when he climbed a telecommunications firm mast with an intent to commit suicide over an alleged N15 million debt owed him by a former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar.

Dressed in a cream color kaftan, Inua, who claimed to be a contractor and an Adamawa native, had sauntered into the court premises at about noon, with a petition entitled: “I will not come down until I see Atiku,” which revealed his action as pre-meditated and demanded to see the chief judge of the court in order to lodge his petition against Atiku with him.

He was reportedly told by the officials of the court to drop the petition, an entreaty which he refused, before he was reportedly told to take it back to Adamawa which, according to the official, had original jurisdiction to handle his case.

With both sides not reaching any compromise on the demand, he simply stole away to the back of the court and, at exactly 1:43 p.m, he was sighted at the top of the mast installed right on the premises of the court, throwing the entire arena into a frenzy. following a suspicion that he could be a suicide bomber who wanted to detonate his explosive from the mast top.

For over three hours, Inua held everybody spell-bound. as he refused to come down from the mast until Atiku or the Inspector General of Police made an appearance and he got paid the debt he alleged Atiku incurred in a business transaction between them.

Speaking in Hausa language, Inua spurned all the promises of the security agencies, police officers and officials of the Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), who had been alerted to the scene, saying it was IGP or nothing.

Ice thawed between the man on mast top and those persuading him when an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sunday Odukoya, got to the scene with a public address system and spoke to him in fluent Hausa language that the IGP was around to see him and an agreement already brought to facilitate the payment of the debt allegedly owed him by Atiku.

Odukoya’s megaphone took the message to Inua and he believed him.

Thinking that the IGP was already in the crowd, Inua made his way down, into the waiting arms of police officers, who arrested and took him away in a Hilux Van with registration number FG 568 BO.

Speaking with journalists, the Federal Capital Territory Police Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, said the police were taking the man away for investigation over the allegation he levelled against Atiku.

It was also learnt that his mental state would also be checked.

Atiku, reacting through his media aide, Garba Shehua, told the Nigerian Tribune that “we honestly suspect that this man is mental. Were it left to me, I will say that the man should simply be ignored. He will climb down when he gets tired of staying up there.”


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