BENIN CITY, EDO STATE- His Majesty, the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II (the supreme spiritual of the Benin Kingdom), summoned all Benin Chiefs and native doctors in the Benin Kingdom to his palace for an emergency meeting in Benin City on March 9, 2018, wherein he renounced all curses that had been placed on victims of human trafficking by native doctors in the state. (Prior to our young women being trafficked overseas, many of them are taken to local native doctors who, following a “spiritual” ritual, order the trafficking victims to swear loyalty to their madams and to swear oath that they will repay their entire debts owed. In the event they fail to keep the oaths made, the victims are informed that they will be cursed and that evil will befall them. These curses essentially serve to keep many of our young women who have been trafficked overseas in psychological bondage and are often referenced as the primary reason why many of them remain trapped in debt bondage and dehumanising servitude.)
Pathfinders has confirmed, after speaking to a spokeswoman for the palace, that the over 100 chiefs and native doctors present were unaware of why they were summoned for the emergency meeting and were bewildered when the progressive Oba highlighted their involvement in the scourge of human trafficking in the State. In addition to revoking these curses, the Oba of Benin also placed a curse on human traffickers and priests who continue to engage in the practice of trafficking (and/or in aiding and abetting trafficking) and urged victims to come forward to reveal the identities of their traffickers.