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Benin: Oba Curses Native Doctors Engaged In Trafficking, Cultism

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The Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, yesterday gathered senior juju priest, priestesses and native doctors where the reverend placed curses on those aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state.

The monarch did not spare native doctors who subject would be trafficked girls to oath of secrecies thereby encouraging the illicit trade.

Others cursed include, violators of the order banning Community Development Associations and others whose business is to initiate the sons and daughters of the land into various cult groups.

Those who took part in the swearing exercise were the Ohen Okhuae, Ohen Ovia, Ohen noriyekeogba, Ohen Ake, Ohen Niwuo, Native Doctors, Ohen Sango,  Odionwere, Iwueki and the  Enigies.

The monarch had last week also invited religious group, all Benin chiefs, market women Leaders, directors official of NAPTIP among others.

Meanwhile, a member of the Task Force on Illegal Migration and Human Trafficking, Comrade Solomon Okoduwa said  the step taken by the monarch would go in a long way stamp the menace of traffickers and other criminal activities in the state.

Oba Ewuare said  those aiding and abetting human trafficking through the use of black magic and subjecting them to the oath of secrecies should desist from it henceforth or face the wrath of the gods.

“You native doctors whose business are to subject people to the oath of secrecies and encouraging this evil act on the land, you have to repent, stop doing it. This is not a joking matter and if you do not repent, you have to wait for the repercussion”, he said.

He said the palace is not against those practicing the act of native doctors but seriously frowns at those who use it to perpetrate evil in the land through aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state.

The traditional rulers said henceforth those who are under oath of secrecies have been set free and at liberty to air their views and reveal their sponsors without fear of any harm from their sponsors.

“We want to use this medium to tell those who are under any oaths of secrecies that they are now free. We revoke the oath today”, he prayed.

The Royal father said the interest of the palace is to work for the development and progress of the state and that all hands must be on deck to work towards that direction by doing what is right.

“What the Palace stands for is peace and the development of the state. “I want to use this medium to tell you that the act of using charms to aid trafficking, the palace seriously frowns at it. We want us to join

hands together to fight against human trafficking in the land”, he said.

He said there have been positive report about Edo State and that such positive report must be sustained.

The Oba said the state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has pleaded with him to help reduce the spate of human trafficking in the state adding that before now, he has been in the vanguard against human trafficking in the state.



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