7 October 2012

Nigeria: Groom Abducted During Wedding

Men of Kwara State police command have commenced investigation into the abduction of a 35-year- old petrol attendant kidnapped during his wedding and found five days after.

The reason behind the abduction has remained a daunting task for the police and mystery to family members of the victim.

The spokesman of Kwara State police command, Mr Femi Elubode, said though he had received calls on the incident, the A Division Police Station at Challenge, Ilorin where the incident was said to have been reported, had not briefed his office.

"And if we are not officially briefed of any incident,it will be difficult to know the level of investigation,.I have not been briefed yet," Elubade said.

Sunday Vanguard reliably gathered that the two-day wedding preparation between the victim, Zubair Aliyu Balogun, and his heartrob had commenced on Thursday, September 27, only for him to disappear on Friday morning, and his whereabouts remained unknown for five days.

After intensive search by family members,and sympathisers, the groom was found naked by an Okada rider in a bush at Kangu-Olunlade village Ilorin where he was purportedly dumped by his abductors early Tuesday morning, October 2, 2012, drenched in the early morning rain and was shivering.

Zubair, who was said to have begged the Okada rider to call members of his family, was then taken to a private hospital where he was later traced.

The victim had since been hospitalised.

Contacted, head of Balogun-Fulani family, where the victim hails from, Alhaji Mahmud Durosinlorun Atiku Fulani, said there was no suspicion prior to the abduction, vowing that the family would use all legal and spiritual means to get to the root of the matter and fish out the perpetrators.

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