By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”THE Bini monarch, Oba Erediauwa, yesterday, rained curses on kidnappers, armed robbers and people involved in other violent crime in the state, with his chiefs, led by the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom (Chief Priest of the Kingdom), Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, goingÂ round the streets of Benin, proclaimingÂ and laying curses on evil doers in the society.
The Oba,Â who expressed worry over the persistent cases of kidnappings, assassinations and armed robberies, which the police in the state seemed incapable of checking, had last week ordered all the chief priests, witch doctors and herbalists to come out yesterday with a view to laying curses on the perpetrators of evil in the state.
However, the event which took place at the traditional Urhokpota Hall, Kings Square, was quite scaring, as thousands of traditional worshippers, dressed in red and armed with large slaughtered animals and charms, went round the major roads and streets in the city, laying curses on criminals in the society.
The event paralysed activities in the ancient city for over seven hours.
According to the Chief Priest of the Kingdom, Chief Isekhure, â€œas Edo people, we are traditionalists. We believe in God through our ancestors. In order to put a stop to all the cases of insecurity in our area, we had to put a curse by inviting the ancestors to destroy all those involved in these dastardly acts, so that at the end of the day,Â there will be calm in our society.
â€œWe want peace but you know that those who want peace must be prepared for war. We have not done this kind of thing in the past 40 years. The Oba had instructed that in order for peace to reign here,Â we must mobilize the most effective tools within our capability and that is to put a curse on all those who are behind kidnappings in the state.”
“To all those bankers,Â who give information to kidnappers about how much a customer has in his account, they are also cursed.
â€œEven landlords, who knows that their tenants are armed robbers,Â kidnappers and they accommodate them, all of them will perish. It is unfortunate. We have to do this today (yesterday). We have no choice. Those who refuse to change will perish because the wages of sin is death,â€ he said.
Commenting also, the Iyase of Benin, Chief Igbe, lamented â€œour young men,Â who will be leaders of tomorrow are all dying due to the activities of these evil men. So the Oba is fed up of all these. This is the way we react to these kind of things in the past. So the Oba has gone back to ask the ancestors to help us clear these people in our society.
â€œThis kind of action did not just start today. That is the way we dealt with such situations in the past and we have gone back to it,Â so as to stop this wickedness. These people are punishing us. So when our father the Oba decided that we handle it this way,Â we were happy with it, â€ he said.