The Tor Tiv of Benue state is a very important position in Nigeria’s monarchical setting; and the individual who holds the position is effectively the paramount ruler of the Tiv Nation and president of the traditional council of the Tiv Area.
The position is currently occupied by Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse.
NAIJ.com has presented seven important facts about the distinguished monarch. Here they are:
1. Professor James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, the Tor Tiv V, was born on May 12, 1956, and hails from Kwande local government area of Benue state.
2. He is a renowned academic, and previously served as the vice chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi. He was also the pioneer vice chancellor of the Federal University, Dutsin-Ma.
3. Prior to serving as VC of the two prestigious universities, Ayatse had been a professor of Biochemistry, in his late thirties.
4. As Vice Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Ayatse’s management skills earned him the reputation as the most peace-loving VC of the institution as there were no student demonstrations arising from internal problems, throughout his tenure.
5. He expanded the University by establishing several new departments and colleges that yielded a student population of about 7000 before the end of his five-year tenure as VC.
6. Ayatse was elected Tor Tiv on Tuesday, 20 December 2016, and coronated on 4 March, 2017 by the kingmakers of his subjects after a meeting of the Tiv Supreme Council known as Ijir Tamen, which held at the chambers of the Tiv Traditional Council at Gboko - a town recognized as the traditional headquarters of the Tiv people who are believed to be the 4th largest ethnic group in Nigeria.
7. His Royal Highness, Prof James Ayatse is married to Mrs Felicia Ayatse with whom he has five children. He is a Christian. He enjoys photography, sports and farming.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that HRM James Ayatse fiercely decried the killing of seven persons suspected to be herdsmen in Gboko, the traditional headquarters of the Tiv nation.
In a statement issued in Makurdi, and signed by Freddie Adamgbe Ayatse, the special assistant on media to the Tor Tiv, the monarch faulted the action of the hoodlums for taking the law into their hands instead of allowing the security agencies to act on any perceived security threat in the area.
He further warned youths in his domain to desist from posting false alarms on social media that may heighten tensions, thereby worsening the already critical security condition in the state.
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