His Royal Majesty, Omo Nâ€™Oba, Erediauwa, the Oba of Benin has said the Royal Council will set up a committee to strongly work on mobilising the citizenry on the dangers of trafficking young girls abroad, in search of greener pastures.
He was speaking against the backdrop of reports of thousands of girls, aged 13 and above, stranded in Morocco and Libya. Many have been picked up and locked up in various jails and some are allegedly even pregnant in jail.
The Oba who spoke during a visit by the Committee on Diaspora Affairs to the palace led by the Chairman, Abike Dabiri -Erewa, accompanied by the Deputy Chairman, Idris Keta, Isa Egah Dobi, Hon; Nimota Suliemon,Â Kalu Uduma and Yusuf Galambi, the Oba noted that many could claim to be Edo Indigenes, the facts is they are Nigerians.
He noted that poverty should not be an excuse to endanger one’s life. While calling on government to ensure that jobs were created to stem the growing number of unemployed youths, he said the palace would do all it can to talk to the citizenry on the dangers of encouraging their children to â€œdo anythingâ€ to get money.
Dabiri -Erewa noted that many of those girls were losing their lives, asmany have died in strange circumstances. She informed the Oba that EdoState governor had promised that those that could be brought back will be fully
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Also on the delegation was the leader of â€œChrist Without Bordersâ€, Mr. Taiye Garrick who had taken up the cause of intervening in the matter.