Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Pandemonium Over Alleged Collapse Of Tor Tiv’s Tomb

There was pandemonium yesterday in Abagu area of Gboko local government area of Benue State when the tomb of the late Tor Tiv IV, Orchivirigh Akawe Torkula collapsed.

The Tor Tiv’s grave site at Gboko has designated tombs where the remains of the previous and successive Tors are buried.

This is coming barely a month and two weeks after the late Tor Tiv was buried in lavish traditional ceremony and interdenominational service.

In Gboko town yesterday, several perons including commercial motorists, political bigwigs and high profile traditional rulers thronged the grave yard to catch a glimpse of the collapsed tomb.

The sudden falling down of the Tor Tiv’s tomb was coming amidst widespread allegations from various quarters that the burial committee headed by Brig. General Atom Kpera (rtd) allegedly diverted funds for the burial and could not give the monarch a glamorous burial.

It was gathered that the collapse was propelled by poor work executed by the contractors. Another version said the falling of the tomb was due to heavy downpour that occurred.

However, the Tiv Area Traditional Council yesterday in a press statement signed by Mr. Godwin Ber described the incident as being instigated by mischief makers to create a wrong impression that the late Tor Tiv was not properly buried.

“The attention of the Tiv Area Traditional Council has been drawn to the news making the rounds in the social media that, the grave of the Tor Tiv has collapsed. It is only aimed at creating a false impression by mischief makers that the late Tor Tiv was not properly buried. What actually happened was that, following a heavy down pour in the early hours of Sunday 13th March, 2016, a little portion of the pit where the mechanical lowering device for the casket was fixed which is far from the grave chamber where the body was entered sank a little and was immediately filled up with only one wheelbarrow of sand,” it stated.

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