The Tiv traditional council has banished Stephen Nyitse, the man from Ushongo local Government Area of Benue State, who sat on the revered throne of the new Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse, before he was crowned, from Tiv land for life.
Nyitse was banished from Tiv land for desecration of the consecrated stool of the Tor Tiv.
Following the incident, it was learnt that the Tiv traditional council summoned an emergency meeting and after deliberations banished Nyitse from Tivland. The council also described his action as a taboo.
According to Ter Kwande, HRH Chief Ambrose Pinne Iyortyer, who announced the banishment on behalf of the Tiv Traditional Council (TTC), in a statement, ‘his punishment is with immediate effect.’
He said that Stephen Nyitse shall under no circumstances step his foot on any part of Tiv land anywhere in the world.
In the statement, the council also prohibited all sons and daughters of Tiv race from offering any form of assistance to the banished Nyitse.
The young man had stirred outrage on Saturday at JS Tarka Stadium, Gboko, Benue State, the venue of the coronation of Tor Tiv, in Gboko when he walked confidently and briskly, and sat on the throne of the yet to be coronated Tor Tiv, Prof James Ayatse.
He claimed that he was directed by God to ‘cleanse’ the throne.
The strange behavior caused apprehension as security personnel immediately picked and whisked him off for interrogation to ascertain his mental state and whether his action had any sinister motive.