By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—FEAR has gripped armed robbers and kidnappers in Edo State,  following the curse placed on evil doers in the state, by the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa, as Vanguard was reliably informed that hundreds of them have stormed the Palace of the Oba to plead for forgiveness, so as to escape the wrath of the gods.

Meanwhile, thousands of women from the seven local government areas in Edo South Senatorial District of the state, thronged the traditional Urhokpota ground,  weekend, to place curses on those involved in the endless cases of kidnappings, armed robberies and other violent crime in the state.

Vanguard learnt that the alleged criminals,  who stormed the Palace to ask for forgiveness have been parading the Palace without getting any answer to their problem. They were,  however, advised to change from their ways or die.

Vanguard learnt that they were still scared,  whether the curse will affect them since they were yet to receive any assurance of forgiveness. Some bankers who leak information to kidnappers about their customers, have also fled the ancient city for the fear of death.

The women in the kingdom, led by Chief Isekhure, followed suit, weekend. The women dressed in red attires, had several ritual materials,  which include dogs, fowls,  rams which were slaughtered and their blood splashed on the ground, symbolizing death that was expected to visit those behind the robbery  and kidnaping activities in the city.

President, Market Women Association of Nigeria, Madam Amalawa Edebiri,  explained that the ceremony was to lay curse on the kidnappers and criminals in the state.

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