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Man, 21, fatally burns himself after father did not allow him to marry his girlfriend

By Mason White 11:07 AM January 13, 2014

By: Ryan Lee Hall
A man is dead after committing suicide because his father did not allow him to marry his girlfriend, according to rescue workers in Nigeria.

Jalingo Police said that 21-year-old Mansur Tanko, set himself on fire on Friday, after having a disagreement with his father, Mijinyawa Tanko, about marrying his girlfriend.

Police spokesperson Joseph Kwaji, confirmed the incident and said that officers have launched an investigation into the matter.

Tanko set himself on fire because his family refused to allow him to marry a woman named Blessing.

Tanko introduced Blessing to his father, but kicked him out of the house after describing his pick as a bad choice.

The father tried to persuade his son to find another woman, but Tanko insisted that he could not survive without the Blessing.

Tanko went to a corner, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire.

The father was also injured in the fire.