The Oba of Benin, Oba Erediawa, worried by the spate of kidnappings, armed robbery and other vices in Benin and other parts of Edo, has directed traditional worshippers to curse those responsible for the crimes.
The traditional worshippers, Enigie, Igie-Ohen, Edionwere and others will gather at Urhokpota Ground in Benin to perform the rituals on June 10 and 12, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
This is just as professional and trade groups as well as residents of the industrial town of Nnewi in Anambra State have asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ogbonna Onovo, to transfer all the policemen serving in Anambra State, to put an end to for kidnapping in the state.
A statement from the Obas palace said the monarch had directed that a meeting should be held between the Iyase of Benin Chief Sam Igbe, and traditional worshippers.
The statement, signed by the Information Officer to the Benin Traditional Council, Mr. Robinson Osayamwem, was made available to NAN on Saturday in Benin.
It said that June 10 would be observed as day of prayers for men while June 12 would be for women.
"The monarch also requested that the Enigie, Igie-Ohen, Edionwere, market women and other traditional worshippers, should come with whatever they have to ensure that the evil doers are wiped away, for peace to reign in the state," it added.
It said that after the state-wide ceremony to be carried out in Benin on Thursday and Saturday, the traditional worshippers were expected to do same in their various domains.
NAN reports that as a result of the resurgence of kidnapping and murder in Benin and other parts of Edo State in recent times, some groups had protested to the Oba's Palace to complain.
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Benin king, traditionalists invoke wrath of gods on kidnappers, other criminals
From TONY OSAUZO, Benin
Friday, June 11, 2010
The Oba of Benin acting through his chiefs and chief priests, yesterday adopted traditional methods in dealing with the intractable cases of kidnaps and other criminalities in the state following the apparent failure of security agencies to check the menace.
The invocation of the gods of Benin land by the Bini traditional priests to deal with the perpetrators of the crimes of kidnaps and armed robberies was carried out in strategic locations of the ancient city yesterday morning.
The event followed Thursday’s enlarged meeting of Enigie, Igie- Ohen and Edionwere in Edo South Senatorial Districts called by the Benin monarch, Oba Erediauwa to review insecurity in the state at the end of which a two-day period to invoke the spirit of the gods on those responsible for the crimes was ordered.
Addressing the traditional worshippers at Orhokpota Hall at the Kings Square shortly before the commencement of the invocation of the gods, the Chief Priest of Benin Kingdom, Chief Nosakhare Isekhure, said the exercise was the last resort when all government constituted security agencies had failed the people.
“The exercise is to protect our people’s, lives and property as well as the government. For us, the traditionalists, we know when crimes are going to the extreme, the police and security agents cannot do anything. We have the power to invoke the gods of the land and that is what we are doing right now. It is always the last resort,” he said.
Chief Isekhure explained that the palace had since been appealing to the kidnappers and other criminals that they should stop their nefarious activities and look for a better job to do, adding, “we are not church goers but spiritualists and we are invoking the spirit of our ancestors that if they failed to stop what they are doing they would meet with ignoble consequences. That is exactly what we have turned out to do today.”
Quoting a popular verse of the Bible which says “the wages of sin is death,” the Bini chief priest said since criminals refused to listen “the ancestors will talk to them so that the living have peace in the state as well as in the entire nation. I know People may ask why does it take so long for the Oba of Benin to order for the invocation, I say this is the last resort, What we have done today can never be revoked forever because it takes time for us to be able to appeal and mobilize to do what we are doing now.”
Yesterday exercise was for men mainly while the second round, which will come up on Saturday, June 12 at the same venue would be for women.
Oba of Benin flexes muscle, curses kidnappers, robbers
Jun 12, 2010
SIMON EBEGBULEM, Benin City
DEATH seems to await perpetrators of all sorts of evil in the ancient Benin Kingdom as the revered Oba of Benin Kingdom,Oba Erediuwa last Thursday invoked curses on perpetrators of evil in the ancient city.
The Oba had Thursday last week through a statement signed by the Information Officer to the Benin Traditional Council, Robinson Osayanmwen, expressed his frustration at the persistent cases of kidnapping, assassination and armed robbery in the ancient city and called on all Enigies, Edionwere, Igie-Ohen, market women and traditional worshippers to come out last Thursday with a view to invoking curses on the perpetrators.
The ancient city had been under siege in the hands of kidnappers in the past six months. Doctors and business men have been mostly affected and that had made late night patients vulnerable to deaths as the doctors who are afraid of being kidnapped, disappear from hospitals after 6pm daily.
However, Judgment Day was witnessed last Thursday at the traditional Urhokpota ground Benin City , when the Oba told the criminals that his earlier threat to invoke the gods on them was not a mere threat .
In a scary event which paralyzed the ancient city, all the Chief priest in the Kingdom, market women both old and young, traditional worshippers, herbalists, invoked the wrath of the gods as instructed by the Oba after which they went round all the exit roads to the city to lay curses. Saturday Vanguard gathered such an event has not been done in the city for over 40 years.
The ritual was led led by the foot soldiers of the Oba, the Iyase (Prime Minister) of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe and the Isekhure of Benin Kingdom (Chief Priest of the Kingdom), Chief Nosakhare Isekhure.
The Oba who was worried over the persistent cases of kidnapping, assassination and armed robbery cases that have rendered the police helpless, said he would no longer tolerate crime in his Kingdom. Highlight of the ritual was slaughtering of some animals , while the priests, including the popular Ayelale priest laid the curses.
According to the Chief Priest of the Kingdom, Chief Isekhure, “as 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 dastard acts so that at the end of the day there will be calm in our society.We want peace but you know that those who want peace must prepare for war.
We have not done this kind of thing in the past forty years, the Oba instructed that in order for peace to reign here we must mobilize the most effective tools within our means and that is to put a curse on all those who are behind kidnapping and to all those bankers who give information to kidnappers about how much a customer has in his account.
Even landlords who know that there tenants are armed robbers and kidnappers and they accommodate them. All of them will perish. It is unfortunate we have to do this today, we have no choice. Those who refuse to change will perish because the wages of sin is death”.
Commenting also, the Iyase of Benin, Chief Igbe, lamented that “our young men 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 against these kind of thing in the past, so the Oba has gone back to ask the ancestors to help us clear these people in our society.
This kind of action is not just starting. That is the way we use to deal with such situation in the past and we have gone back to it so as to stop this wickedness. These people are punishing us, so when our father the Oba decided that we handle it this way we are happy about it. You can never feel the impact until you are affected.
And I have been affected in my family. And that is why we thank our father for inviting our ancestors to take charge. We can no longer be living this way, this wickedness must stop”.
Hailing the monarch for taking the decision to invoke the gods on issues of kidnapping and assassination in the state, the state chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) described the action as relief to the people of the state and doctors in the state in particular.
According to the statement signed by its Chairman in the state, Dr Osahon Enabulele, “the Nigerian Medical Association in Edo state gladly welcomes today’s (Thursday, 10th June, 2010) public pronouncement of a traditional curse on all those involved in the despicable act of kidnapping and other acts of criminality (kidnappers and their accomplices) by Enigies, Igiohens, and all other traditional rulers and worshippers, as directed by the Oba of Benin, Omo N’Oba N’Edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa.
We gladly applaud this historic ceremony conducted today at the Urhokpota hall, Benin City.As an association, we strongly support this public denouncement as it is in line with Edo State NMA’s position paper submitted to the Oba of Benin on Wednesday, 5th August, 2009, during the historic, 1st-ever street protest march against kidnapping and other acts of criminality organized by Edo State NMA.
The position paper, amongst other proposals, called on our revered monarch to publicly pronounce a traditional curse on all those involved in kidnapping and other acts of criminality in Edo State.Edo State NMA commends the Oba of Benin for this much desired traditional curse and public denunciation of kidnapping and other acts of criminality.
We are strongly convinced that this will surely help to eradicate the menace of kidnapping in Edo State.We call on all Citizens and Residents of Edo State to actively support the Oba of Benin in this traditional cleansing of our hitherto peaceful Edo State.We also call on all tiers of government to do more to guaranty the lives and properties of their constituents, especially as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution”.
Shortly after the ritual there was jubilation in the land. Such curse ceremonies are hardly done in the Kingdom and it is expected that severe punishment awaits all those who may want to defy the Oba in his kINGDOM
. So far Evans have Confessed to the Following Kidnappings and Ransom Collections in Edo and Lagos States: (1) Mr Mbarikatta William Uboma, kidnapped in Festac June 16 2012, Evans collected 20m Ransom.
2) Mr Paul Cole Native of Ohafia in Abia state. Kidnapped August 23rd, 2012 at Festac town 20m Ransom Paid.
3) Mr Mohammed Jamal, A Lebanese kidnapped August 19, 2012 at Ajah N17M ransom paid at Ojo Area Lagos, 4) Mr Kingsley Nwokenta, kidnapped September 19, 2012 after he left Lebanon Bar in Festac, paid N15M ransom and his black Toyota Venza was Carted away by Evans.
5) Mr Anthony Ozoanidobi kidnapped October 10th 2012 along Marwa road Satellite town, 15m Ransom was Paid There after he was released at Apple junction, Amuwo-Odofin Lagos.
6)Mr Leo Abraham, Kidnapped August 20, 2012, 15m Ransom was paid, was released along Badagry road, Lagos.
7) Mr Ojukwu Cosmas, Sells Toyota parts at Aspanda Trade fair. Kidnapped January 21, 2016 at Festac town. $1m Ransom Paid.
8. Mr James Uduji, Kidnapped at 7th Avenue Festac late last year. Held for 6 six weeks. Paid $1.2m Ransom.
9. Chief Raymond Okoye – Odu- Na –Ichida. Kidnapped 2015. Paid $1M Ransom held captive for 2months
10) Uche Okoroafor, trader at Alaba Mkt, kidnapped 2015, held captive for three months, paid $1M Ransom.
11) Elias Ukachukwu kidnapped November 2015. Paid $1M Ransom.
(12) Francis Umeh also a spare parts dealer at Aspanda. Kidnapped July 2016 at Raji Rasaki Estate. Released after $1m Ransom Was Paid. 13) Chief Vincent Obianudo Owner of Young Shall Grow Motors, Evans led his gang to kidnap him in 2013 Fortunately Police attached to Chief Vincent Opened fire and gunned down 2 Evans boys and Evans killed One the police man and escaped, Chief Vincent Sustained Bullet wounds and Survived after Several Surgeries, 14) His last Victim in Lagos is Mr Donatus Dunu, a Pharmacist and Importer of Drugs who was kidnapped on February 14, 2017 in Elupeju area of Lagos and after the sum of N150million was paid by the family to Evans he refused to release Victim and demanded for another 300m Naira But Fortunately Mr Dunu was able to escape from the Evans detention Camp in Igando on May 12, 2017. (15) Mr Ohunyon Ernest kidnapped by Evans in Edo State November 2011. Paid ransom of #85million
16) Mr Dan Odiete kidnapped by Evans in Benin 2013, paid 100million ransom.
17) Mr Uyi Technical, kidnapped by Evans in Benin 2013. Paid 100million ransom.
18) Mr Tom line, Kidnapped by Evans in Benin 2012. Paid #100millionransom.
19) Kings paint, Kidnapped by Evans in Benin 2010 paid ransom of#40million
20) Mr Randeki, Kidnapped by Evans in 2010. Paid ransom of #30million. Investigation in Progress Osarodion