Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Pandemonium Hits Benue Over Collapse Of Monarch’s Tomb

The rumoured collapse of the tomb of the late Tor Tiv IV, Orchivirigh Akawe Torkula in Abagu area of Gboko local government area of Benue state has caused disquiet in the community.

Leadership reports that the alleged collapse of the monarchs tomb in Gboko town yesterday, March 14 attracted several persons including commercial motorists, political bigwigs and high profile traditional rulers to the grave yard to catch a glimpse of the collapsed tomb.

The sudden falling down of the Tor Tiv’s tomb is coming barely a month and two weeks after the late Tor Tiv was buried in a lavish traditional ceremony and interdenominational service.

However, there are 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.

As to the reason for the collapse, some persons adduced the falling of the tomb to heavy downpour that occurred, while others claimed the collapse was caused by poor work executed by the contractors on the grave site.

But the the Tiv area traditional council yesterday dismissed rumours that the tomb of the monarch collapsed due to poorly executed contractual work.

The council said:“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.”

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