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Scottish University to Return Looted Sculpture to Nigeria
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Scottish University to Return Looted Sculpture to Nigeria

The University of Aberdeen in Scotland is set to return a Benin bronze sculpture to Nigeria, saying it was acquired by British soldiers in 1897 in "reprehensible circumstances."  It is the first institution to agree to the full repatriation from a museum of a Benin bronze, placing pressure on other establishments, including the British Museum, to follow suit.  The bronze, which depicts the Oba, or King of Benin, was part of a haul of thousands of items taken when British forces looted Benin City in southeastern Nigeria in 1897.  Nigeria's Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed called the move a "step in the right direction" and urged other holders of Nigerian antiquity "to emulate this".  The news comes as Germany confirmed it was negotiating the repatriation of ...
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