The Social Development Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, or SDS, has saved a 56-year-old former Marine Engineer who tried suicide five times in Abuja. Sani Amar, the SDS’s Acting Director of Social Welfare Services, said the secretariat received a report from one staff member during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, October 26.
“The man, who attempted suicide multiple times, covered his head with a garbage bag so he wouldn’t be detected,” Mr Amar said.
“On getting the information we moved fast to save his life which is in line with the FCT Administration’s policy under the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Aliyu, who is desirous to rid Abuja of a human nuisance.
“He told us he wants to end his life because he was completely hopeless, homeless and has nowhere to go. In fact this morning, he told me for the past four days he has not had anything to eat. He was hungry and sick,” he said.
Amar said the secretariat would take him to the hospital for proper medical investigation and attention. “We have contacted the Rivers State Liaison Office in Abuja so that they can trace his family,” he said.
Amar said the minister of state has directed the secretariat to ensure that humanitarian services are offered to the right people who are in need.
Earlier, the man said that he attempted to commit suicide on the Mabushi Expressway, Jabi Lake Bridge. “I decided to end my life because I’m hopeless, homeless.
My only house in Kabusa, was demolished. I have nowhere to go. I am sick and I can’t afford medical bills. Somebody took me to a popular radio station to see if they can solve my problems.
When we reached there the person was asked to bring a police report, he disappeared and never came back,” he said.