Repatriated Benin artefacts’ custody settled, monarch tells envoy

The Oba of Benin, Ewuare II, says custody of the repatriated Benin artefacts has been settled by the Federal Government, stressing that there is no more controversy over the issue.

The Oba made the clarification at his palace on Friday during a meeting with the Ambassador of The Netherlands to Nigeria, Wouter Plomp, saying the Federal Government rightly recognised the significance of having the repatriated artefacts in the custody of the Oba of Benin.

Recall that the Federal Government had in Notice No. 25 in the official Gazette No. 57, Volume 110 at pages A245-247, dated March 23, 2023 laid to rest, the raging tussle between the Oba and the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, on who to be the custodian of the repatriated artefacts.

Reacting to comments by the Ambassador of The Netherlands on the future of repatriated Benin bronzes, Oba Ewuare II said the future of the Benin bronzes and artefacts were in the gazette.