The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has confirmed that the Federal Government will take possession of the 1,130 looted Benin Bronzes when returned by Germany. The Minister, Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and some Government officials had visited Germany recently to further talks on the repatriation of the artefacts allegedly looted during the invasion of the Benin Kingdom in 1897 by the British led by Captain Philip.Briefing This new development comes amidst a disagreement between the Benin palace and the Edo government over who will house the historical artefacts. The Oba of Benin asked the federal government to take possession of the artefacts until the Benin royal museum is built to house them. Chief CHARLES EDOSOWAN, SAN ADDRESSES THIS.
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