A middle-aged man identified as Musa dalhatu yesterday afternoon climbed up the telecommunications mast at the premises of Federal High Court in Abuja, threatening to jump down and kill himself.
He said he would come down only if he sees the Acting Inspector General of Police or former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who allegedly owes him some money.
According to an eye witness who requested anonymity, Mr. Dalhatu arrived at the premises around 12.00 pm to lodge a complaint and submit a document to the court in which he alleged Abubakar’s indebtedness to him.
The event took a dramatic turn as the mystery man began to ascend the mast immediately the rescue agencies arrived.
"We just saw him climbing the mast and when we asked him to stop he continued to go higher and higher," the eyewitness said.
According to another eyewitnesses account, Mr Dalhatu had ignored appeals from people who saw him climbing the mast around noon. He threw a note down, claiming he climbed the mast because he wanted people to intervene in a dispute between him some prominent Nigerians.
All entreaties for Inuah who was sighted on top of the mast around 12:15 yesterday, fell on deaf ears till around 4pm when a rescue team comprising of officers from the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA; Nigeria Federal Fire Service and a team of Police officers led by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sunday Odukoya and the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Mr Moshood Jimoh, finally persuaded him to come down around 4:25pm yesterday.