The 30-year-old man who sat on Tor Tiv’s throne shortly before the new king was installed on Saturday in Gboko, Benue State has been sentenced to four years in imprisonment by a Chief Magistrate Court, despite banishment from Tiv land.
The Tiv traditional council had yesterday announced the banishment of Stephen Nyitse from Tiv land for life for desecration of the consecrated stool of the Tor Tiv.
In the same vein, Mr. Nyitse was handed the sentence on Monday by the presiding judge, Justice P.S Chaha, after he was convicted by the Chief Magistrate Court in Gboko.
The trial judge held that the convict was guilty of trespass and impersonating the new Tor Tiv, V, Orchivirigh James Ayatse.
The prosecution had earlier stated that the convict made confessional statement to the police during interrogation that he was under an evil spell to do what he did on that day.
Justice Chaha further described the action as a disgrace to the Tiv nation for which he deserved no mercy and sentenced him to serve the term as a deterrent to others.
Last Saturday, the accused person had briskly outsmarted security men and sat on the stool prepared for the coronation of the fifth Tor Tiv, James Ayatse at the JS Stadium Gboko,
Upon interrogation, Mr. Nyitse said he was prompted by God to cleanse the stool for the new king.
“I sat on the stool in order to cleanse it and make it comfortable for the incoming Tor Tiv,” he said.
The Tiv ethnic nationality is the largest ethnic group in Benue State, and they can also be found in neighbouring Taraba State.