The Esogban of Benin
A high chief in Edo state, Chief David Edebiri who is the Esogban of the Benin Kingdom and the Odionwere (Head) of witches and wizards in Edo state, has said they don’t kill witches but instead, they dispossessed them of their power.
The high Chief made this disclosure while addressing members of the African Bar Association on certain aspects of Benin culture on Wednesday in his residence.
The Oba of Benin & his Chiefs
He said that any witch or wizard that confesses in the Benin kingdom, is not killed but with uttermost respect, is made ineffective. He added that such a person is rehabilitated back into society after undergoing certain processes.
Edebiri explained that the powers to deal with witches and wizards in
the kingdom was given to him by the Oba of Benin. “Witches and wizards are my subjects. We deal with them in a decent way. There is no magical process in it.
“Once anybody confessed to being a witch, we send them to a home and a Chief is assigned to such a person and given the powers to disposes of them.
The Esogban of Benin with Gov Obaseki
“We take them through certain processes and they will become ineffective. After the deliverance of such a person he or she is then released back to society to become a better person,” he said.