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So Sad… Read this Twitter User’s Eyewitness Account of an Ongoing Suicide Attempt in Lekki



Man Climbing Pole

This morning, a Twitter user sent in photos and videos of a man attempting to commit suicide by in Ikate, Lekki.

According to Ken Egbas, the man was persuaded to come down from an electric pole but he refused. The man says he won’t come down from the electric pole unless he gets 5 million Naira.

Officials from PHCN, Nigerian Police Force and Fire Service later arrived at the scene but they were not “well-equipped” to carry out a rescue operation.

In the end, a neighbour provided an inflatable trampoline in an attempt to persuade the man to come down.

As at the time of this report he is yet to get off the electric pole but thankfully the appropriate authorities are now on ground to help.

See Ken’s tweets below.

Photo Credit: Twitter/Ken Egbas


  1. yours_sincerely

    May 5, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Oh Lord!!! We need to start taking mental health seriously.

  2. Naijatalk

    May 5, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Wow just wow. Nigeria which way?

    • Ekene

      May 5, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Bihari’s hardship.

    • Jossy

      May 5, 2016 at 3:32 pm

      Fool, when there is any suicide in America, it is Obama’s hardship abi? You are so so foolish

    • Layo

      May 5, 2016 at 4:10 pm

      He’s been brought down now by the Fire Service.

      Apparently he says he’s from Cameroon and doesn’t know how he got into Nigeria.

    • Passerby

      May 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      Yes Ekene, Buharis hardship created by Jonathan

  3. AW

    May 5, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Sounds to me like blackmail. “I will come down if I am given N5million”. As heartless as this sounds, the man will have to jump! Why should he be allowed to blackmail the public? Everybody has issues, we don’t go around threatening to kill ourselves if we are not given solutions to our problems.
    The danger in bowing to this man’s demand is that other Nigerians will take it up as a lucrative source of obtaining easy cash. Remember how kidnapping started?
    Like I said; guy jump! You can’t come and blackmail people!

    • Lucinda

      May 5, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      I don’t see it as blackmail. Mental health issues with drug abuse most likely. Best way to deal with this is firstly, agree to give him the 5 million. After he comes down straight to yaba left.

    • Passerby

      May 5, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      A truly mentally ill person is too despondent to negotiate with money…..He is just drained with poverty. Not even 100K, He went straight for the millions….that’s reeking of manipulation.

    • Tolu

      May 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

      You’re so mean. You just sounded so so mean

    • AW

      May 5, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      I know, right? Good Samaritan give am N5 million Na?
      Mental health issues has a lot to answer for. Even the one wey no concern am. Ah! What do I know sef? I am just a mean person????


      May 5, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      “”The danger in bowing to this man’s demand is that OTHER NIGERIANS will take it up as a lucrative source of obtaining easy cash. “” Point of correction: The suicide attempter electric pole climber making demands is NOT Nigerian. He is a Cameroonian named Frederick Gino,

  4. I love my husband

    May 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Sad…this is the country we live value for human life. If it was a so-called celebrity now , im sure this would have been taken more seriously….until we begin to show love to the less privilege and see every human life as vital, we cant move forward as a nation…..same reason why you would call firefighter, police, etc when you have an emergency and they will come up with silly excuses….no facilities, no rescue operators, nothing. God help Nigeria.

  5. 9ja my country

    May 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    This is just the beginning of many more to come. I hail my country.

    • A Real Nigerian

      May 5, 2016 at 1:58 pm

      Your country is an embarrassment.

    • WORD.

      May 5, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      @fake Nigerian, that you are an embarrassment to humankind, to your family, to your generation, to GOD Who created you (though not in this creation you have made of yourself) is abundantly clear.

      All your habitual curses and evil speaking upon this nation and country Nigeria that THE ALMIGHTY GOD has chosen and destined to use for HIS Own Purpose and Glory, have returned and will ever return back upon your own head, upon your own head, and upon the heads of all who choose to associate and agree with your curses, and upon the heads of all of your ilk; your satanic agendas from the very pit of hell can not and will not prosper but have returned and will ever return seven times unto your own very hearts and live; THE ALMIGHTY GOD Himself has frustrated and will ever frustrate all the tokens of all you liars just as HE has disappointed and will ever disappoint all your devices against this sovereign nation and country under GOD ALMIGHTY: Nigeria. You are fake, you are counterfeit, you are deviant, you are a perversion of whatever you truly are. You are NOT and can NEVER nor will ever be A REAL/TRUE NIGERIAN. THE ALMIGHTY GOD’s Plan, Purpose and glorious Divine Destiny for this country shall SURELY come to be and like the man who spoke against and mocked the Plan and Word of GOD for the nation of Israel to change their terrible famine to abundance and their high inflation and economic devaluation to prosperity, “”you will see It come to being but you, and all your ilk, will not partake of it.”” in the Name of JESUS CHRIST, Amen.

    • Smh

      May 5, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      I reject that for myself and my family. It may be the beginning of more to come for you sha

    • vheeki

      May 5, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      God forbid!!

  6. A Real Nigerian

    May 5, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    What a greedy, disturbed attention whore.
    He might as well jump down and kill himself because there is no way he is getting 5 million naira. Or better still, PHCN or whatever they are called now could make it even faster for him and give him a dose of 5 million volts.

    • ReeRee

      May 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm


  7. Yeyeperry

    May 5, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Mehnnn… This is sad!

  8. ICanSee

    May 5, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Like how did he get there. What a handsome man! #AnaEme

  9. A-nony

    May 5, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    He’s not ready to die. He’s looking for attention. People who really committed suicide didn’t make noise about it. When you can drink otapiapia and go in the privacy of you home.

  10. na me get ma hand

    May 5, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    hehehehe…………just when I tot I have seen it all, Mr Man,this tactic cannot work In Nigeria,come down and go and continue your hustling

  11. bruno

    May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    5 million ke? u are not serious. they should live him there biko.

    what a lazy fool.

  12. Z

    May 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    The only reason he is still standing there is because NEPA don take light

  13. Bella

    May 5, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    OK So does he have to reference as follows and i quote ” If this guy had money & married 2 a popular musician…if people won’t be rushing here?” is this necessary, am sure this is in poor reference to TJ and Tiwa. My guy do note that his own friends came to do something not police or fireman or Nepa people or whatever,! Haba, what did you do yourself to help him off the pole. Instead of judging can we try and do our own part to help our fellow Nigerians . Clearly we cannot get it from the government or the service delivery people. That said, i think it is very selfish to request for money for yoru life! SO who is meant to pay for this? who has that kind of money laying about that will not want to use it for themselves? Abeg jor, this guy na! How about asking for job at least? na wa o!

  14. Author Unknown

    May 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Nigerian suicides sha. I want money, let me go and attempt to commit suicide where everyone can see me. My wife no longer condones my cheating and dependent ways. Let me drive to Lekki bridge, announce to one or two people on the way that care to listen (or hundreds of thousands via Instagram) that my wife is a bad woman, and I will be jumping. It is guys like you that get the public apathetic towards people with real issues.

  15. Dee

    May 5, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    If the area had power supply, this guy wouldn’t have attempted what he did, only God knows the last time current passed through those wires he held on

  16. Ajala & foodie

    May 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Well, this is where negotiators come in he can be brought down safely without giving in to his ludicrous demand. It is circumstances like this that show the loop holes in our system and how far we still have to come in Nigeria The police should have psychologists and negotiators for events like this.
    While I believe dude is not ready to die and just looking for easy way to make money and if people give in to his demands don’t be surprised to see this becoming a “thing” but it should be done right and this b.s. as gone on for too long. 6hrs????

  17. Oga o

    May 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    This is armed robbery. He’s holding himself hostage. Let him jump na. See if he will jump. After getting him down he needs to be taken for a psyche evaluation. If he’s found ok, serve him with a bill for the cost of his rescue and examination. What nonsense?!!

  18. RichyGame

    May 5, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    What a coincidence! Just yesterday I was watching a short clip from the ‘The Transistor Radio’ episode of Basi & Company. a similar scenario played out where Mr. B. told Alali of the case of a man that wanted to commit suicide and was rescued and he went on to become a minister and very rich. Alali was toying with the thought of attempting suicide for blackmail.

    See here:

    Anyway, quite sad it has gotten to this. Frustration… but N5m niccur?

  19. Don't mind the fool

    May 5, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    He’s excited about reporting a man with mental challenges,adding irrelevant comment about T&T private issue,that those not relate,we always know everyone for himself.God for us all.

  20. Don't mind the fool

    May 5, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Govt?when everyone is using blood of Jesus or blood of moha(according Julius Aqua)mainly propaganda from all Nigerian govt.

  21. jwezee

    May 5, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    TEE-BILLZ come and get your brother outta here..

  22. uncensored

    May 5, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    I bet he is one of access bank’s new recruit.
    I passed their final interview stage last week and was asked to come to the head office yday only to be told that;
    Between the next 10 working days, you need to open 10 savings or current account with at least 200’000 naira OR a fixed deposit account of 5million naira for 180 days with 5% interest (all within 10 working days).
    It was tagged voluntarily but failure to do this, no training school. No training school, no job.
    The recruitment stages were about 4 and on each day, I travel from abeokuta to lagos to participate only to get this condition at the end.
    I don’t know what to do too.
    I guess this suicide attempter asking for 5m is just one of us jare.

    • Hmmm

      May 5, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      WOW! Is that even allowed? That is sad. I pray that God makes a way for you, either in that job or another (hopefully another better one without the strings attached).

    • Kwo kwo

      May 5, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      That is access bank for you.
      I cannot comprehend the strategy.
      Raisin capital from new recruits I gues

    • Flipping heck!

      May 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      Awwww I laughed when I saw your first sentence but then upon reading through, I feel so bad for you and this horrible system.

      Access bank is equal to slave trade oh. Too many horror stories from that bank but what can we do? Employment is necessary.

    • Gabriel

      May 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      We could start a #AccessBankSucks campaign to expose their practises. That will get somebody to sit up and save some souls from contemplating suicide as well…

  23. ujay

    May 5, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    He s a crook… If he really wanted to commit suicide, he could have done that inside his room or where no one will see him in the process.

  24. Same

    May 5, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Obviously there was no light as usual. If not he won’t have Been romancing and riding the electrical wires as such. Nigeria I hail

  25. stephanie

    May 5, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    My own is…why do they keep calling it a trampoline?? That’s a bloody bouncy castle. If I were him I won’t jump on that either! He def wont survive the fall and you’ll now saddle him with hospital bills on top his troubles…nice try!

  26. kekendeh

    May 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    This is civilized begging,please help him with whatever one can.May God guide mankind

  27. Art

    May 5, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    I say get a net underneath and shoot him down with a tranquilizer gun, end of story. On a serious note the rate at which Nigerians are loosing their minds these days is really alarming. The hardship in Naija is “reder” since this govt came in to power.

  28. Prince

    May 5, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Did I hear someone say Buhari, what’s buhari’s biz with this, very soon, people will start calling Buhari if their wife or girlfriend refuse to have sex with them.
    Why you wey dey shout Buhari no go climb pole. The dude is high and they should let him be. If he wan die make e go rest biko.

    • omaa

      May 5, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Why will you agree to have sex with your spouse when there’s no I light or fuel to power the generator. So whose fault is it that there’s no light or fuel.

  29. Fashionista

    May 5, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    5 million ke? From who exactly?

  30. Miss fab

    May 5, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    @bella. Well said, he should have asked for a job instead of money. Just goes to show how greedy he is…when he’s tired of staying there, he’ll shamefully find his way down. Rubbish!

  31. Ediyefunk

    May 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I go jump o…..guy jump, no shaking mbok. Life goes on after jump. Punkt. Verrückt muss man heute sein shebi?

  32. xxxx

    May 5, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Sorry ooo. I believe lekki phase 1 is still within nigeria.
    All that dare to commit suicide matter no be for here ooo.
    Tell who wan try am to return to the drawing board. Na too much American film they cause all these.
    Sorry bout the hardship and hunger tho.

  33. O God of Heaven ...

    May 5, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    So, on the very same day the Cameroonian president is on state visit in Nigeria collecting confirmation that Nigeria, having dashed them Bakassi peninsular and all its stupendous wealth (through the ill-advised decision of one man), will not try to take our wealth back from them, this Cameroonian man hows himself in Nigeria, climbs a pole and demands wealth from Nigeria. Is this a manifestation of a spiritual thing? of what Cameroon is trying to do to Nigeria? Two cases of Nigeria being held to ransom, for its own wealth and resources, by Cameroon.

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