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Man, 21, sets himself ablaze over marriage consent in Taraba

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Onlookers were treated to an unpleasant scene in Taraba yesterday after a 21-year-old man set himself ablaze after a disagreement with his father.
Mansur Tanko had said to have consistently pleaded with his father, Tanko Mijinyawa, to allow him marry the girl he wanted, identified simply as Blessing, but the latter refused.
On seeing that his father was adamant about withholding his blessing, Mansur is said to have suddenly walked away from his father into a corner where he poured petrol over himself and lit himself on fire to the horror of all present.
The Eagle Online reports:
The Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incident and said the Jalingo Division of the police had commenced investigation into the matter.
Tanko, according to an eyewitness, Alhaji Jibrin Bala, set himself ablaze because his family refused to approve his wedding with a girl, Blessing. The eyewitness told sympathisers that Tanko introduced Blessing to his father as his proposed wife, but the father kicked against the union, describing it as a bad choice.
Bala said efforts by the father to convince his son to look for another girl failed, as he insisted that he could not survive without Blessing. The eyewitness added that Tanko suddenly left his father and went to a corner in the compound, where he poured petrol on his body and set himself ablaze.
Bala added: “When we suddenly saw fire, everybody ran toward the corner of the compound, only to see Tanko burning.
“The father and other people in the compound tried to rescue Tanko from the fire, but failed as the flame was much and we could not move near.”
Meanwhile, Bala said, Tanko’s father is currently receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, for injuries sustained while trying to rescue the son from the fire.

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