Sweden announces return of Benin artefacts

The Swedish government has resolved to return 39 pieces of Benin Artefacts in her Museum to the custody of Omo N’ Oba N’ Edo, Uku Akpolokpolo, Ewuare II, CFR, Oba of Benin.
The disclosure followed the Federal Government Gazette No. 57 issued on March 23rd, 2023, which recognized ownership and vesting Custody and Management of repatriated Benin Artefacts in the Oba of Benin.
The Swedish Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency Annika Hahn-Englund, conveyed the Swedish government decision when she paid a courtesy visit to Oba of Benin Palace in Benin City, Edo State.
Ambassador Hahn-Englund informed the Royal Majesty that Sweden and Nigeria, are trading partners’
Responding, Oba Ewuare II  welcome the decision and expressed his deepest gratitude to the Swedish government for the intervention.
The Benin monarch recalled how he made a request through the Swedish monarch in 1998 to return Benin Bronzes in Sweden during his courtesy visit to him as Nigeria Ambassador to Scandinavian Countries.
According to Oba Ewuare II,  the demand for the return of looted Benin Artefacts has been on since the reign of Oba Akenzua II
To underscore the significance of the historic visit to the Palace, Diplomatic Mission,
presented a souvenir to
Oba Ewuare II, who in turn gave a copy of the federal government Gazette on all Benin Artefacts to the envoy in appreciation.
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