Reprieve appeared to have come the way of victims of human trafficking in Edo State as Priests in the state were on Friday forced to revoke oaths and curses placed on them. Many victims of human trafficking are usually made to swear to oaths and some of their body parts collected as collateral to make them pay back the money used to sponsor them. But the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, forced the native doctors to revoke the curses and oaths placed on the trafficked victims. The Benin Monarch declared that the trafficked victims were now free from their traffickers and whatever oaths they were placed on.
Oba Ewuare II also placed a curse in human traffickers and those aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state. He cursed the native doctors who subject victims to oath of secrecies, 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 priests from various shrines in the state such as the Ohen Okhuae, Ohen Ovia, Ohen noriyekeogba, Ohen Ake, Ohen Niwuo, Native Doctors, Ohen Sango, Odionwere, Iwueki and the Enigies. Oba Ewuare II warned those aiding and abetting human trafficking through the use of black magic and subjecting them to the oath of secrecies to desist from the act or face the wrath of the gods. He declared that those under oath of secrecies have been set free and at liberty to air their views as well as reveal their sponsors without fear of any harm from their sponsors. The Benin Monarch stated the interest of the palace was to work for the development and progress of the state and urged all his subjects to work towards that direction by doing what is right. His words, “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. “The palace is not against those practicing the act of native doctors but those who use it to perpetrate evil in the land through aiding and abetting human trafficking in the state. “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. “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 reports 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