He said he would come down only if he sees the Acting Inspector General of Police or former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who allegedly owes him some money.
The media aide to Atiku, Mallam Garba Shehu told newsmen that the man was insane saying that it was not the best way to get anything from the former Vice President.
It took the combined efforts of the Nigerian Police Force, Fire Service and the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, to persuade the man to come down after about three hours on the mast.
Garba profusely defended his principal and affirmed that his boss is one man that pays his bills. “We honestly suspect that this man is mental, if there is one Nigerian who pays all his bills, that man is Atiku Abubakar.
“If the idea of this pole-climber is to get N2m from the Turaki, this certainly is not the best way to go about it. Were it left to me, I will say that the man should simply be ignored. He will climb down when he gets tired of staying up,” Garba Shehu added.
The man had earlier brought a petition to the court seeking to see the Chief Judge but he was asked to take the petition to the Adamawa division of the court saying that Abuja division did not have jurisdiction on the mattter.
When the man’s efforts to see the Chief Judge failed, he walked to the back of the court where the mast was located and started his journey to the top of the mast.
After climbing to the top of the mast, he began shouting that he would jump down and take his own life unless former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, came personally to beg him to come down.
After about several hours of persuading him to come down, an Assistant Commissioner of Police ACP, Sunday Odukoya, spoke to him in hausa language using a megaphone and assured him that the IG is around and that an agreement has been brought for his money to be paid.
After hours of dramatic exchanges, the man eventually came down and was handed over to the police who took him away for questioning.