Tension in Tiv land over rumours of ex-governor and senator, George Akume's death

Reports suggests that there is brewing tension in Benue state, over a rumour that ex-governor, Senator George Akume is dead.

Unconfirmed sources claim that the governor is dead, following speculation that the ex-governor has been battling undisclosed ailment, which has kept him indoors for weeks.

The legislator’s sudden disappearance from the public scene is said to have become noticeable at the interment of the traditional ruler of Tiv nation, Dr Alfred Torkula.

Sources reportedly disclosed to Daily Post that the politician was jetted out of the country to Germany when his condition became complicated few days back.

Following the rumours, some social media activists from the state became furious after the event and demanded explanations from Akume why he failed to show up at the event where he was represented by his wife.

The family members of the senator allegedly decided to go silent on his whereabouts or true state of his health despite pressure from the constituents.

An unconfirmed source had told newsmen that: “The truth is that Akume is seriously sick. I can confirm to you that he is alive but in a critical condition”

But the legislator took to socio-media to still the storm which tends to be raging most within the Zone-B senatorial district.

The ex-governor took to his Facebook page few hours ago to ask the general public to disregard the rumour, saying he is alive and kicking.

“I am not dead. Please stop the bad story. I love you all my great people of Benue,” he wrote.

However, Daily Post reports that though the Facebook account belongs to the former governor who ruled Benue between 1999-2007, he is not the one personally operating it.

“Yes, the Facebook account belongs to the senator but he is not the one managing it. His media team is only trying to calm the tension with the post. We need to pray for him. He is sick,” an anonymous source claimed.

The tension keeps rising, even as more speculation suggests that the former governor passed last weekend.

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