The Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri has given reasons why witches in Edo are not killed. The high chief who is also the Head (Odionwere) of the witches and wizard in Edo state addressed the African Bar Association at his residence on wednesday.
While addressing his guests on some aspects of Benin (Bini) culture, he mentioned that any witch or wizard who confesses in the Benin Kingdom is not killed. However, they are treated with utmost respect and made inactive.
He also said that such person is subjected to some processes and then sent back into the society. In his words, “Once anybody confessed to be a witch, we send them to a home and a Chief is given the powers to disposes them”
Chief David said “Witches and wizards are my subjects. We deal with them in a decent way. There is no magical process in it.”
The Odionwere revealed that the power too deal with witches and wizard was given to him by the Oba of Benin Kingdom.