The Kano State Fire Service has thwarted a suicide attempt by a 37-year-old Saifullahi Rabiu, who found himself in dire straits following his inability to refund N2million to his visa-seeking clients.
The incident happened at State Road in Kano metropolis, prompting a swift response from men of the Fire Service following a distress call from the State’s Ministry of Works and Housing at about 10:07am on Friday.
Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Kano State Fire Service, PFS Saminu Yusuf Abdullahi, said that the firefighting unit arrived at the scene by 10:10am to rescue Saifullahi, who is said to be a resident of Samegu Quarters in Kumbotso local government area of the state.
According to PFS Abdullahi, Saifullahi confessed during interrogation that his attempt to help people facilitate visa processing services ended in failure. He said his visa-seeking clients rejected the visas, citing discrepancies, and thereafter demanded a refund from him, amounting to N2million.
Despite managing to raise N500,000, Saifullahi faced mounting pressure and threats from his clients, leading to his desperate attempt to commit suicide as a last resort.
However, the State Fire Service’s timely intervention saved Saifullahi, and he was subsequently handed over to one Inspector Zahraddeen of the Farm Centre Police Division in Kano metropolis.
In light of the incident, the Fire Service spokesperson urged the public to exercise caution before engaging in business activities that could potentially lead to trouble.