Man climbs Abuja mast, threatens suicide over economic hardship

The Nigeria police have arrested one Shaibu Yusuf, a resident of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), who created a stir on Monday.

Yusuf climbed a broadcast mast belonging to Aso Radio and Television to protest the prevailing economic hardship in the country.

He demanded President Bola Tinubu return the petrol subsidy he removed last year on his inauguration day.

Owned by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), the broadcast station is situated on Katampe hill, along the Kubwa Expressway.

In a note he was pictured with after his arrest, Yusuf said he would only come down from the mast if economic hardship, insecurity, and the out-of-school children crisis are addressed.

“Long enough for government to stand by and do nothing while Boko Haram, bandits and kidnappers are killing people in the country everyday,” the note reads.

“Long enough for inflation rate to continue rising rapidly. Long enough for number of out-of-school children to continue increasing. Long enough for me to keep quiet.”

Yusuf remained on the mast for several minutes despite pleas from bystanders and rescue workers on the ground until the police arrived, according to Arise News.


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