Top Taraba's Traditional Ruler, Aku Uka, Dies at 84
According to a statement issued by the late monarch's Special Adviser on Media, Jolly Agbu Masa-Ibi, the Aku Uka died at the age of 84 at his castle in Wukari after ruling the Jukun race for 45 years.
All traditional ceremonies in line with the Jukun custom have already begun, according to the announcement, with the final traditional rites for Aku Uka's move from the palace to Puje to be revealed in due course.
Governor Ishaku went on to characterize the reign of Aku Uka as a moment of self-discovery for the Jukun people in terms of their historical significance and role in the advancement of modern civilization in Nigeria and abroad.
Ishaku bemoaned the monarch's death, saying that his death at this time has deprived Taraba State and Nigeria of the benefits of his wise counsel, which he freely offered in his personal capacity and as chairman of the Taraba State Council of Chiefs, just as he prayed for the monarch's soul to rest in peace.