NIGERIA – A 28-year-old man, Umar Abubakar, spent over seven hours on a telecoms mast, threatening to kill himself allegedly after his fiancée’s father rejected his marriage proposal.

FaceOfMalawi gathered that Abubakar climbed to the top of the mast, located at Checheniya in the Gombe metropolis, around 7am and refused to come down despite pleas by residents and security agents.

He was also reported to have rebuffed efforts by a council boss, Aliyu Haruna, saying he wanted the state governor to come to the scene.

According to reports, his neighbour, Abdullahi Danladi, said that he climbed the mast after his fiancée’s father rejected his marriage proposal and threatened to kill himself if his proposal was not accepted.

Danladi said, “People thought he was joking, but he made good his threat early this morning. For hours, neighbours pleaded that he should come down to no avail. Umar may be having emotional and psychological issues for climbing the mast.”

Abubakar’s friend, Aladeen Mohammed, however, said he took the decision after he was wrongly accused, adding that he persuaded him to come down around 3pm.

He said, “Abubakar was accused of stealing N10,000, but after offering him a cigarette and tramadol, he agreed to come down. I’m not sure he stole, as he was accused wrongly.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Mary Malum, confirmed that Abubakar had been rescued.

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