The chairman of the Benue Traditional Council and the Paramount Ruler of the Tiv, the Tor Tiv, Alfred Torkula, has passed on.
The Tor Tiv, who was installed as the fourth Tor Tiv in April 1991, died on Monday in a private hospital in Gboko.
He was aged 71.
Confirming the death on Tuesday in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, Governor Samuel Ortom said he had already paid his condolences to the late Tor Tiv’s family.
Mr. Ortom said members of the Tiv Traditional Council were on their way to the Government House for proper briefing and the handover of the staff of office, which was previously held by the former king.
He said details of the burial plans would be announced later.
The Tor Tiv was also the pro-chancellor of the Michael Okpara Univesity in Abia State.