The colorful wedding ceremony between for Miss Doris Longe and Ade Imasuen was greeted with commotion and disappointment when news filtered in that the taxi driver that was hired to transport the food and other refreshments to the reception venue has escaped with everything in his possession.
The excitement at the reception venue,a popular hotel in G.R.A Benin City was dimmed immediately the news of the disappearance of the taxi driver with the food and can drinks was broken to the gathering.
We learnt that the taxi driver was stopped around King's Square area of Benin City and was contracted to transport the food and other entertainment items from the bride mother's house in G.R.A to the reception also in G.R.A.
It was gathered that those the bride's mother delegated to take charge of the food assisted the taxi driver in loading the eleven giant coolers of well prepared fried/jollof rice.fried meat,moi-moi,pounded yam with egusi and ogbolor soup as well as serviette and breakable plates into the car.
The driver who claimed to know the venue of the reception in G.R.A, was told to go unaccompanied to quickly drop the items and return to pick the remaining things while they get themselves ready for the reception.
But after awaiting for the taxi driver for almost two hours and he did not show up;it then dawned on those in charge that the worst may have happened,so they had to embark on searching for the taxi driver which proved abortive.
It was gathered that serious efforts were made by both families of the couple to conceal the news from them,but the sudden change of mood at the reception aroused the couple's curiosity.
The bride Doris Longe collapsed on hearing the life time embarrassing news that a taxi driver has absconded with her wedding reception food. She was however revived with the effort of family members,friends and well wishers as the event continued in a low spirit.
All the comedic moves adopted by the Masters of Ceremony to restore smiles to the faces of the disappointed audience failed.
The bridegroom and his father in-law who is a UK based industrialist declined comments,but both were visibly not happy with the development