Rufus Aplang left guests and worshippers in shock when he walked out of church during his wedding and abandoned his supposed bride, Judith, in Jos, Plateau State.
Aplang fled the God’s Glory Ministry, Jos, venue of wedding, when it was time to take the wedding vow on Saturday.
His action threw family members, friends, colleagues and associates into wild confusion.
Aplang was allegedly quoted to have said before walking out of the Church that he had planned 10 years ago to disgrace his supposed bride on their wedding day.
An eyewitness, Julian Dogo, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Jos that the fleeing groom gave shocking answers to the pastor while he was taking his marital vows.
Dogo said: “Aplang was asked on the altar by the pastor: ‘Do you take Judith as your wife for batter for worse?’
“Then he replied with a ‘No’.
“The pastor put the same question to him, and he replied: ‘Pastor, I heard you clearly and understand English very well and my answer is still No.’
“Then the pastor said to him: ‘But you are well dressed and came ready for this wedding.’
“And he replied: ‘Sorry, I made up my mind 10 years ago to disgrace her on our wedding day.’
“As soon as he said that, Aplang walked out of the church and was followed by his best man and his friends who drove out of the church premises.”
NAN reports that Judith, the supposed bride, collapsed inside the church and was taken to an undisclosed hospital around Plateau State Polytechnic in Jos
Peter Sani, best man to Aplang, who narrated the incident to NAN, described it as very “embarrassing”.
Sani said: “Aplang is my childhood friend.
“Judith has been a friend and sister too and he dated her for over 12 years.
“I was in the church to serve as a best man and also as a fulfilled man to witness their wedding, but I was shocked and highly disappointed with what happened in the church today.”
Sani, who attributed his friend’s behaviour to some sort of diabolism, added that Aplang’s action was not ordinary.
He said: “This is not ordinary.
“Aplang will always confide in me on any issue.
“If he had the plan to walk out on the altar, he would have told me.
“What happened today is unimaginable.
“I came out of the church weeping profusely.”