Abuja man rescued after attempted suicide, referred for mental evaluation

A  resident of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Shuaibu Yushau who attempted suicide at the Katampe Hill has been referred to the Social Development Secretariat for mental assessment and evaluation by the FCT police command.

The event, which unfolded on Monday, July 8, 2024, saw Mr. Yushau climbing a high broadband mast and attempting to end his life, prompting widespread concern among residents.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Commissioner of Police for the FCT, Benneth Igweh, emphasised the necessity of maintaining public order while respecting individuals’ rights to express grievances through lawful means.

“We are taking this matter seriously to ensure both the safety of Mr. Yushau and the community,” Igweh stated.Mohbad’s father appeals for Nigerians’ help in unraveling cause of son’s death0:00 / 0:00

Yushau, if deemed mentally fit following evaluation, will face charges under sections 231, 111, and 114 of the Penal Code Act, on attempted suicide, disturbance of public peace, and incitement.

These charges underscore the legal ramifications of actions that disrupt public tranquillity and safety.

Speaking on behalf of the FCT police command, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, conveyed the Commissioner’s commitment to upholding law and order.

“It is imperative that while citizens exercise their rights, they do so responsibly to prevent any breakdown of social harmony,” Adeh said.

The case of Yushau has drawn attention to the broader issue of mental health and community support mechanisms in Abuja.

She noted that authorities are expected to proceed with due diligence in both legal and humanitarian aspects of the incident.

For further updates, the FCT police command urges residents to remain vigilant and cooperative in maintaining a secure environment for all.

Source: The Punch


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