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Ma’aji of Bassa-Nge Kingdom Mourns Brother, Shocks Community with N1m Donation at Burial Ceremony

By Emmanuel Daudu

The Ma’aji of Bassa-Nge kingdom, the Omachi of Adum-Woiwo (Oma Jagu), Chief, Hon. Dr. Tim Nda Diche who lost his elder brother, Mr. James Yebo Diche also known as Casco recently in Jos-plateau state described his death as a great loss to the family and the entire Bassa-Nge kingdom.

Chief Tim Diche made the statement on the 31st of January, 2020 during the funeral service at St. Mark Anglican Church Adum-Woiwo, Bassa local government area of kogi state.

The service which was anchored by the resident Reverend, Most Rev. E.A.S Egbunu took a humid atmosphere as everyone went retrospecting the Late James’ Goodwill.

In the course of the funeral service, the choir gave a rendition titled ‘where do I spend my enternity’? It went pleasing to the ears as lyrics gloam the ambience of the service metamorphosing into changing the containers of the congregation while the accrobatic stanzas went complimenting.

Just after the rendition, Rev. O.B Abafi took on the sermon with the theme: ‘The World is a temporary Domicile, what would you be remembered for after transit’? The preacher who anchored his preaching on the book of Luke 16:19-31, and Hebrew 9:27 respectively, emphasized on the need to be good to all men giving reasons in an expository form that there is judgement thereafter that would require accountability of all deeds while on Earth to God the Most High.

He conclusively prayed that God preserve the family of the deceased and keep his children not in want.

The Etsu of Bassa-Nge kingdom Brig.Gen. Abu Ali who stormed the service in a grand style alongside all his Kings men was availed the opportunity to address the congregation where he donated one hundred thousand naira (#100,000.00) to the church and urged the people to abstain from what he called the ‘pull down syndrome’, stating that it is a demonic act that is associated to the destruction of every Society.

However, the Etsu appreciated Chief. Dr.Tim Diche saying he has turned Adum-Woiwo to ‘SMALL LONDON’.

“I heartily must be sincere to myself and the entire Bassa-Nge kingdom by appreciating my son, Chief, Dr. Tim Nda Diche for the provision of modern school, modern market, Bakery, and lots more in the community”.

In the same vein, Chief Tim thanked everyone who made it to the funeral service and prayed that God grant everyone safe trip to her sundry destinations.

However, he pledged to initiate and execute certain projects in memory of his late brother, James Diche.

“I am giving one million naira for the completion of the church in memory of my late brother. I will also erect a restaurant in kpata to assist a woman who own a bistro, would also erect a structure for the Host Reverend of St. Mark Anglican Church Adum-Woiwo, and build a church at Emi Andrew, all of these in memory of my late brother who took over a fatherly responsibility of the family forty years ago since the death of our father”, he said.

The Deceased Mr. James Yebo Diche, popularly known as ‘Casco’ was born in 1952 to the family of Mr. Ismael Ebiloma Diche and Mrs. Gloria Lami Diche of Adumbaku. Late Mr. James had his Junior Primary education at St. Marks Primary School, Adum-Woiwo from 1959-1963 and his senior Primary school at the famous St. John’s Anglican Primary School, Akabe, from 1964-1966, where he obtained his first school leaving certificate.

The late Casco who joined the Nigerian Army at Lokoja briefly during the civil war in 1967-1968 before departing for Josh then the Benue/Plateau and joined Nasco Confectionary Co.Ltd, Jos as a pioneer mechanical staff while in Nasco company Jos, Casco used his good position to help his relations and numerous people into the employment and contract works. He retired in 2015 after many years of hard work and dedication to the company as the most valued head of mechanical Engineering until his sudden death.

He is survived by three children-Mary, Nicholad and Nelson, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many relations amongst his Biological Younger brothers are Engr. Simon Diche and Chief, Dr. Tim Diche the Omachi of Adum-Woiwo (Oma Jagu), former Hon. Commissioner for Agriculture Kogi state and a former APC Gubernatorial aspirant kogi state.

Dignitaries that stormed the burial ceremony include the Etsu of Bassa-Nge kingdom, Brg.Gen. Abu Ali, past and present political appointees in the state and family well-wishers

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