The Benin Monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba Ewuare II, has expressed concern over rising cases of human trafficking and illegal migration.
He said such development was surprising considering the increasing number of Churches in the society.
Oba Ewuare II, stated this when he received the Spiritual Leader and General Overseer of Spirit and Life Family Bible Church, Apostle Deb’rah Eunice Gordon-Osagiede, in his palace in Benin.
He stated that reports indicated that some church leaders were encouraging human trafficking and illegal migration, instead of discouraging encouraging it.
“There is an increasing rate of crime and other anti-social vices in the society even with the proliferation of churches in the country, that is an indication that there is no fear of God in the people.
“Church leaders should help discourage illegal migration and trafficking of the youths, as the Palace would continue to align with government to eradicate the menace in the society.
“I commend the work of the Federal Government and International Organisation on their effort to expose the illicit trade and rescue Nigerians subjected to inhuman treatment in Libya.
“The Oba Ewuare II Foundation has been established to meet the needs of the poor and less privileged in the society. It is the desire of the Palace to make Edo State destination of choice for everyone by ensuring safety of lives and property,” he said.
The Oba further stated that the Palace would collaborate with security agencies to reduce the crime in the state and make it attractive for investors.
Apostle Gordon-Osagiede, said she was in the Palace to acknowledge the good works of the Oba since he ascended the throne, especially the abolition of the Community Development Association (CDA)
“I commend the Monarch for the peace and tranquility in the Kingdom, and hope that during the reign of Oba Ewuare II, the Kingdom would experience more peace, progress and development,” she said.