In a remarkable display of valor, the Kano State Fire Service averted a potential tragedy by rescuing a 37-year-old man, Saifullah Rabiu, who was on the brink of committing suicide. The desperate act was triggered by the weight of a N2 million debt incurred during the pursuit of a foreign visa.
Saminu Abdullahi, the spokesperson for the Kano State Fire Service, officially confirmed the incident. According to Abdullahi, the Central Control Room received an emergency call around 10:07 am from the Ministry of Works and Housing, Kano State, reporting the distressing situation at the State Road by Nasarawa Emir’s house.
Swiftly responding to the call, the fire service personnel arrived at the scene by 10:10 am. They discovered Saifullah Rabiu in a critical condition, attempting to end his life by hanging from a tree. His suicide note revealed the overwhelming burden of a N2 million debt, with a heartfelt admission that he had already repaid N500,000 of the borrowed sum.
Rabiu expressed profound despair, citing challenges and humiliation from the creditor as the catalyst for contemplating suicide. The rescuers ensured Rabiu’s safety, and he has been handed over to the Divisional Crime Officer (D.C.O) Zaharaddini of the Farm Centre Police Division for further investigations.
This courageous intervention not only saved a life but also highlights the urgent need for addressing mental health challenges and financial struggles in society. The Kano State Fire Service’s prompt response underscores the crucial role emergency services play in safeguarding individuals during moments of crisis.