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Abducted Plateau Bride Regains Freedom, Now Married

Format Paul, the bride-to-be, abducted on the eve of her wedding last Sunday, was on Monday, January 3, released by her kidnappers unconditionally. She was allowed to continue her marriage ceremony as arranged on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

The wedding was initially slated to hold at the Christ Apostolic Church, Bokkos Local Council of Plateau State, but she was abducted on Sunday night, January 2, by unknown gunmen at the residence of her pastor, where she went to pass the night before the wedding, in line with the church’s tradition.

A source, who confirmed the development, yesterday, could not ascertain the condition for her release, adding however that the wedding went ahead on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the groom, Zephaniah Kosom had been restless throughout the saga before the release of his wife to be. The wedding took place at Christ Apostolic Church in the Ngyong community of Bokkos Council.

According to the source, the kidnappers, who returned the victim to the pastor’s house, were said to have spoken in Fulani language just as they spoke when she was picked. It could not be confirmed whether ransom was paid before her release.

Military Information Officer (MIO) of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), Major Ishaku Takwa, said he was also told that the abducted bride had been released, adding that OPSH does not involve itself in payment of ransom.

A public affairs commentator, Joseph Mensah, said that the abduction and the release of the bride raised anxiety about the state of insecurity in Plateau State, which is ravaged by kidnappers and other criminal elements.

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Chiamaka Judith Alum
Author: Chiamaka Judith Alum

Good Governance and Human Right Advocate, Content Editor and Data Analyst

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