Akume’s anti-tor Tiv com­ments, a sac­ri­lege –Group

The Punch - - TODAY - John Charles, Makurdi

ATiv so­cio-cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion, Md­zough U Tiv, has said the com­ments made by the Min­is­ter of Spe­cial Du­ties and In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Af­fairs, Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Akume, against the Tor Tiv, Prof James Ay­atse, were sac­ri­le­gious and in­ju­ri­ous to the Tiv na­tion.

The group said rather than di­vide the Tiv na­tion, Akume should use his po­si­tion and re­sources to ad­vance the cause of unity, progress and tra­di­tion of the peo­ple.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion, in an open let­ter to the min­is­ter, signed by its Pres­i­dent, ed­ward Ujege: and Sec­re­tary, Boniface Uk­ende; said Akume’s anti-tor Tiv com­ments were sac­ri­le­gious and in­ju­ri­ous to the stool of the monarch, the Tiv Tra­di­tional Coun­cil and the en­tire Tiv na­tion.

The Tiv so­cio-cul­tural group called on the min­is­ter to deesca­late the ten­sion in or­der to keep the peace in Tiv land.

The state­ment read, “Md­zough U Tiv re-echoes the stand of the Tiv Tra­di­tional Coun­cil that you should ur­gently ap­pear be­fore the coun­cil to clear your name and re­solve the is­sues for the over­all ben­e­fit of the Tiv na­tion.” gov­er­nor as­sented to the bill at the Gov­ern­ment House, Katsina.

The com­mis­sioner ex­plained that the law would come into ef­fect from Jan­uary 20,2020 .

el-marzuq said the only ex­cep­tion to the law were mem­bers of the law en­force­ment agen­cies such as the mil­i­tary, po­lice, civil de­fence, road safety corps, im­mi­gra­tion and cus­toms.

He said, “The gov­ern­ment took the de­ci­sion be­cause of the dis­cov­ery that most of the kid­nap­pings are be­ing car­ried with tri­cy­cles and mo­tor­cy­cles in the en­tire state.”

el-marzuq warned that vi­o­la­tors of the law would be jailed for up to one year with an op­tion of fine or both as pre­scribed by the Pe­nal Code.

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