Crime

Abuja man who attempted suicide risks one year in jail

A man, Shuaibu Yushau rescued from a suspected suicide attempt on Monday having climbed a mast in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) risk one year in jail if prosecuted successfully by the police authorities

Penpushing reports that the Secretary, Command and Control Centre of the Security Department of the FCTA, Peter Olumuji, made this known while featuring as a guest of television programme and cited section 231 of the Penal Code Act to back his claim.

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The official from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abuja, queried why the survivor was still in police custody arguing that the emergency services did their normal procedures on him,and subsequently handed over to the police

“Why is he with the police? After the rescue, the emergency services did their normal procedures on him, and you know that under the Penal Code, section 231, anyone that attempts suicide is liable to punishment of one year’, Olumiji emphasized

Penpushing further reports that the Secretary, Command and Control Centre of the Security Department of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja (FCTA) pointed out that attempted suicide is criminalised by Nigerian laws.

‘Both the Penal Code applicable in the North and the Criminal Code Act applicable in the South regard an attempted suicide as a misdemeanour. Section 231 of the Penal Code states that: Whoever attempts to commit suicide and does any act towards the commission of such offence, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine or with both. Similarly, section 327 of the Criminal Code states that “Any person who attempts to kill himself is guilty of a misdemeanour and is liable to imprisonment for one year.”

Penpushing also reports that Olumuji, who was at the scene of the incident, reported that Yushau only climbed down from the mast after hours of pleading with him, adding that the survivor had claimed to go into the premises for an interview without anyone suspecting his intentions of attempted suicide.

The official from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Abuja, said a thorough investigation was underway to determine how Yushau could access the mast without detection by security operatives.

Penpushing reports that it is recalled that Yushau had climbed a 120-foot-high mast belonging to ASO Radio in the Katampe area of Abuja, claiming to have observed the mast for about a week before climbing it on Monday, adding that his suicide served as an act of protest against the socio-economic hardship plaguing the country.

The man threatened to sacrifice his life for the solution to the country’s dire economic situation, and in the note, he wrote and left on the ground before climbing the mast, he made various demands, which, he said, would alleviate the hardship in the country, while his demands include restoring fuel subsidies and declaring an emergency in some northern states facing insecurity.

Penpushing further reports that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command Public Relations Officer, Josephine Adeh in a statement on Monday said that the authorities got a distress call from concerned Nigerians, prompting them to mobilise their operatives to the location to arrest Yushau.

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