Stephen Nyitse, the man who sat on the throne of the Tor Tiv before the monarch’s coronation has been banished from Tiv land by The Tiv Traditional Council, for desecration of the consecrated Tor Tiv stool.
The last may not have heard of Stephen Nyitse,the strange man from Ushongo local Governmrnt area of Benue State who took over the revered throne of the new Tor Tiv, and sat on it after beating the watertight security minutes before Prof James Ayatse was coronated as the 5th Tor Tiv of the Tiv ethnic nationality.
It was gathered that the Tiv traditional council summoned an emergency meeting over the matter and after deliberations invoked tradition of banishment from Tiv land for any person who commited that kind of taboo against the revered symbol of culture and tradition of the Tiv ethnic nationality world wide
Ter Kwande, HRH Chief Ambrose Pinne Iyortyer, announced the banishment of Stephen Nyitse on behalf of the Tiv Traditional Council, TTC. He added that the punishment is with immediate effect and that the Tiv rregarded the action of the impostor as sacrilege.
He said that Stephen Nyitse shall under no circumstances step his foot on any part of Tiv land.
TTC prohibited all sons and daughters of Tiv race from offering any form of assistance to the banished Nyitse.
Nyitse caused a stir at the JS Tarka Stadium, Gboko, Benue State, the venue of the coronation of Tor Tiv V, yesterday, when he 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.
It was also learnt that Nyitse did not show remorse for his sacrilegious act rather he insisted that he was “inspired by some forces above” to sit and cleans the Tor Tiv throne before the new Tor Tiv sat on it.
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.
As this was going on, Pentecostal fellowship of Nigeria, PFN, president in Benue, Bishop Mike Angou, led other men of God to annoint and rededicate the seat.
After the coronation, TTC, went into an emergency session over the matter and unanimously agreed on banishment as punitive measure.
It would be recalled that TheNews and PmNews broke the news of the weird behaviour of Stephen Nyitse at the JS Tarka stadium Gboko Benue state through a Facebook post by an eyewitness at coronation venue.