A frustrated man was, Thursday, prevented from committing suicide by joint operation of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Policemen and fire service around Eti-Osa Local Government area in Lagos after sitting on an electric pole for seven hours.
The depressed fellow, name withdrawn, was said to have climbed and sat comfortably on the pole for awhile before the police and fire brigades arrived and begin to persuade the dude, an eyewitness said.
According to the eyewitness, after every effort made to bring the man down from the poll was proved abortive, the police and the fire fighters gave up on him and decided to leave asking the owner of the already deflated bouncy castle trampoline to pack his material.
As the trampoline was being rolled-up, the depressed man who sat comfortably on one of the electric cables was heard muttering “Alhamdulillah” to the annoyance of bystanders.
The sympathizers were disappointed by the action of the officials and concluded that both the fire fighters and police team dispatched from Maroko Station were at the scene to watch film, not to rescue.
Two hours later Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and fire service resurfaced in the area.
While the just arrived rescue teams yell at the depressed pole climber, he was given an ultimate of five minutes to consider coming down.
Noticing that the man would not cooperate, some men were ordered to bring up a ladder to carry him down.
He tried to put up a form of resistance which was rebuffed, but for the speed of an official, he could have come to harm when he made frantic attempts to cut himself with a sharp piece of cable in his hand.
After hanging on an electric pole for seven hours, he was brought down by government officials in seven minutes minutes.
He has since been taken to Eti-Osa Primary Health Care Centre where is receiving medical attention