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April 8, 2024

Alia/Akume peace deal: Tor Tiv laments twisted reports to further crisis

Alia/Akume peace deal: Tor Tiv laments twisted reports to further crisis

Gov Alia, Sen Akume after the peace deal in Gboko

By Peter Duru, Makurdi

The Chairman of Benue State Traditional Council and Tor Tiv, HRM Orcivirigh Prof. James Ayatse has decried the twisted report emanating from the recent peace deal struck by Governor Hyacinth Alia and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator George Akume at the instance of the Tiv Area Traditional Council, TATC.

Recall that the TATC led by the Tor Tiv recently summoned a peace meeting between Governor Alia and Sen. Akume to resolve their lingering political differences.

And in that meeting held at the Tor Tiv Palace in Gboko, both parties agreed to put aside their differences and work together for the good of the state.

The Paramount ruler in a statement issued weekend by his Special Assistant on Media and ICT, Freddie Adamgbe expressed shock that some persons were out to further the crisis by claiming in a social media publication that both parties secretly resolved to sack appointees and share political offices as the basis for the peace deal.

The statement noted that the Royal father “is saddened at some of his subjects that have constituted themselves into peddling falsehood and creating mischief over the recent successful reconciliation in his Palace in Gboko attended by graded Chiefs of Tiv nation.

“The reconciliation, mediated by the Tor Tiv between the Executive Governor of Benue State Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia and the SGF Sen. George Akume did not outlay or spell any terms and conditions around appointments or reshufflement or dissolution of caretaker committees and other fictitious imaginations of the author. The writer is sadly a nuisance and an anathema to the aspirations of the TATC and the entire Tiv land.

“If not for mischief making or lack of knowledge, the author would have researched and discovered that a communique by the Secretary of TATC Shinyi Typzua was issued on the same day and published in many dailies and radio stations as well as international media organizations.

“The author in his wildly guessed statements credited to Governor Alia and SGF Akume argued that Governor Hyacinth Alia requested for the removal of the Minister of Water Resources and Environment, Joseph Utsev, and the Executive Secretary of Shippers Council, Mr. Pius Akuta while Sen George on his part pressed for the dissolution of Governor Alia’s Cabinet and Caretaker Chairman of the 23 Local Government Council to accommodate his loyalists are totally false, misrepresenting and misleading and should therefore be totally disregarded.

“There were absolutely no threats, no name calling or any terms and conditions except the resolve by the two sons of Tiv nation to work together for the greater prosperity of the Tiv nation and Benue as a whole.

“It is indeed appalling that such a high-level closed-door meeting has become a pasture ground for churning lies and making a mockery of the revered royal intervention is undermining and an assault on the Tor Tiv and TATC. This is strongly condemned and totally disdained.

“The Palace takes strong exceptions to young people seeking to promote ill by indulging in commentaries from a figment of imagination on closed door Palace discourse.”

The Royal father on behalf of TATC demanded a retraction and immediate apology from the author of the article and cautioned his subjects and their fans to “desist from further misrepresentions and heating up issues around the reconciliation meeting forthwith.”