Man, 21, burns self to death for love

The victim wanted to marry a lady of his choice.

A 21-year-old man, Mansur Tanko, on Friday, burnt himself to death in Jalingo, after a disagreement with his father, Tanko Mijinyawa, over marriage.

The Taraba 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 a witness, Jibrin Bala, set himself ablaze because his family refused to approve his wedding with a girl, Blessing.

The witness 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 witness 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.

“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,” he said.

Meanwhile, he 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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  • Okey Abasilim

    God is love and love is God. any body that says he know God and does not love his neighbor is liar because love does not reject of select. how on earth should his father refuse him getting married to the woman of his choice by calling her a wrong choice? this is clear evidence that Christ is the only true way to most high God. may the soul of the young man rest in peace.

    • tj

      I believe this will be a big lesson to all parents out there who think it is wise to restrict their children from following their heart. This is a painful story and the family will never remain the same, no matter the amount of success that comes their way. God forgive us all in Jesus name

    • Angryman

      Quite unfortunate
      We cannot really blame his father because we do not have all the facts
      It is the responsibility of parents to advise their children
      We have no idea what efforts he made at convincing his father and vice versa
      May God console all those affected