Man Threatens Suicide atop a Telecom Mast In Gombe

NEWS DIGEST – Gombe metropolis saw a young man threaten to jump off a telecommunication mast in the early hours of Sunday.

Umar Abubakar, 28, climbed a mast in Checheniya at about 7am with intentions to jump off to his death if he was not married to a woman by his parent.

Umar had warned he would kill himself after his fiancee’s father mentioned that he couldn’t marry his daughter, Abdullahi Danladi, his neighbour, told the PUNCH.

“People thought he was joking,” Abdullahi said.

Abdullahi added that Umar may be having “emotional and psychological issues” for him to make good on his threat.

Despite pleas from residents, security forces and the council chairman, Aliyu Haruna, Umar refused to descend from the mast, eventually demanding the presence of state governor, Muhammad Yahaya.

Umar, whose father is said to have died couple of years back, was feared to be suffering from depression.

“We’re told by someone who claims to be from the same neighbourhood with him that he’s suffering from depression,” an eyewitness told Sahara Reporters.

“He said the young man got digressed when his father died a few years ago,” he added.

Although Umar had initially threatened to jump off the mast if any attempt was made to climb the mast and rescue him, he would eventually comply.

Gombe Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, confirmed the rescue of Umar later on Sunday.

“He is currently receiving treatment at the psychiatry department of the State Specialist Hospital, Gombe,” she said.