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Sweden Announces Return Of Benin Artefacts

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The Swedish government has resolved to return 39 pieces of Benin Artefacts in her Museum to the custody of Oba of Benin, Ewuare II.

According to a statement issued by Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Chief Press Secretary to Oba of Benin, the disclosure followed a Gazzette by the Federal Government which recognises ownership and vesting custody and management of repatriated Benin Artefacts in the Oba of Benin.

Iguobaro in the statement said that 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.

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Ambassador Hahn-Englund informed the Royal father that Sweden and Nigeria, which is the second largest market in Sub-Sahara Africa, are trading partners, including infrastructure, Telecommunication, Energy and other businesses that supported the economies significantly.

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The Swedish envoy, said, “also, I would like to mention that with cooperation, we have in Culture, Education with Nigeria; I would like to mention the decision of why the Swedish government has to return 39 Artefacts to Benin Kingdom.

“So, your Majesty, I am very honoured to be here tonight”, Ambassador Hahn-Englund said this while paying respect to Oba Ewuare II.

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Responding, Oba Ewuare II on behalf of Edo people also welcomed 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.

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The traditional ruler disclosed that the federal government-backed Benin Royal Museum project is still on course, and commended partners for their support and devotion towards the project.

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The Oba also commended the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), which is an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria, responsible for the preservation, promotion, and development of Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

The traditional ruler who prayed for members of the Diplomatic Mission, shared a captivating tale of his Diplomatic exploits as Ambassador in the Scandinavian Countries, noting that the remarkable reign and enduring affection of the Swedish monarch, His Royal Majesty, Carl Gustaf Folke Hubertus remain indelible.

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According to Oba Ewuare II, the demand for the return of looted Benin Artefacts has been on since the reign of Oba Akenzua II, “and you are here today telling that it has been approved. This has been my request a long time ago. God’s time is always the best”.

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To underscore the significance of the historic visit to the Palace, the Ambassador in the accompany of her husband and a member of the 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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13yrs After, Police Arrest Killer Of 6 Corps Members In 2011

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The Bauchi Command of the Nigeria Police has arrested one Kabiru Musa also known as Dawa who allegedly masterminded the killing of 7 corps members, including a police constable in the 2011 post-election violence in Giade local government of Bauchi State.

The said Dawa, Vanguard learned, has been a constant source of terror to members of his community, until recently when he connived with his friend to kill a woman and dumped her body in a well.

Speaking to newsmen at the Command headquarters on Thursday, the Commissioner of Police, Bauchi Command, Auwal Mohammad said that some women had reported the abandoned body in a well which led to Dawa’s arrest.

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On 18th April 2011 between the hours of 1230h 1300hrs a group of youth led by one Kabiru Musa AKA Dawa stormed Giade Divisional Police Headquarters following the announcement of the 2011 Presidential Election result armed themselves with dangerous weapons which included a knife popularly called Barandami.

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“…cutlasses, sticks, petrol (PMS) and attacked F/No. 020827 W/PC. Rifkatu Bappa who was on counter duty at the charge room. As a result, she sustained various degree of injuries and was immediately evacuated to FMC Azare and confirmed dead by a medical doctor,” he said.

Explaining further, Muhammad noted that the same Dawa killed one Bridget who had sought refuge in a police station and burnt her vehicle.

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“Similarly, the said Dawa who was the Ringleader and his gang members used petrol (PMS) and set ablaze a motor vehicle one Toyota Starlet belonging to Mr. Peter Okoye which was kept for safekeeping during the peak of the attack.

“In furtherance of this dastardly act, the said Dawa attacked one Bridget Peter Okoye wife of Mr. Peter Okoye cut-off her fingers, the set fire of the said Motor vehicle affected/burned down the station which led to the gruesome murder of six (6) corps members who were at the station for safety.

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“The name of the corps members namely; Nkwazema Anslem with call-up no. NYSC/OWP/2010/127350, state code; BA/10B/1160 state of origin; Imo State. Adewumi seun paul with call-up no. NYSC/OOU/2010/155553, state code; BA/10B/1301, state of origin; Ekiti State.

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“Okpokiri Obinna with call-up no. NYSC/AUU/2010/180200, state code; BA/10C/0950, state of origin; Abia
Teidi Olawale Tosin with call-up no. NYSC/ILR/2010/215976, state code; BA/10C/1220, state of origin; Kogi State.
Adewei Elliot with call-up no. NYSC/2011/0144144, state code; BA/11A/0274, state of origin; Bayelsa State.

“Ukeoma Ikechukwu Chibuzor with call-up no. NYSC/UNN/2011/077160, state code; BA/11A/1354, state of origin; Imo State. The above-mentioned corps members (May their soul rest in peace) tried to take to their heels while the said suspected killer (Dawa) alongside his syndicate run in pursued of the corps members to their various locations of refuge and gruesomely murdered them one after the other,” he added.

According to the Commissioner, Dawa also led his gang to break into shops of traders and stole valuables.

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The syndicate also attacked and broke into shops of traders and carted away valuables, further causing a breakdown of law and order. After a manhunt for a decade, the Suspect has been arrested and investigation is ongoing, after the conclusion, he will be arraigned in court based on the findings of the investigation.

“It may interest you to also know that the same suspect (Dawa) in a related development has been arraigned before the court for a case of criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The incident occurred on the 26th of April, 2024 at about 1030hrs, when some water vendors inhabitants of Unguwar Tudun Maje Giade town discovered the decomposed body of an adult girl in a well situated in the same address.

“Following the discovery of the decomposed body, they reported at the Divisional Police Headquarters Giade, where the DPO drafted his men, visited the scene and removed the remains to General Hospital Giade and she was certified dead by a medical doctor.

“Subsequently, the DPO invited the residents to come forward for identification and she was identified as Aisha Mohammad ‘f’ aged 17yrs of Giade LGA, Bauchi State.

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“During investigation, two people were accused and arrested in connection to the crime namely;

“Kabiru Musa ‘m’ aged 30yrs aka “Dawa” 2. Anas Adamu ‘m’ aged 31yrs all of Giade LGA, Bauchi State.

“During interrogation, the first defendant denied the allegation against him while the second accused freely confessed to the crime and confirmed that they killed the said (Aisha) deceased and dumped her body into the well together with the said Dawa who happens to be his boss,” he concluded.
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Flooding: INEC Boss, Yakubu Inspects Damaged Facilities In Edo, Promises Replacement

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The Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu on Thursday said the damaged facilities in the Edo office would be replaced before the Sept. 21 governorship election.

Yakubu said this during an on-the-spot-assessment of the level of damage done to its facilities by the flood disaster occasioned by torrential rain in Benin on May 24.

The flood disaster destroyed some voter enrollment machines already configured for the Continuous Voter Registration exercise.

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Speaking after the inspection of the facilities, Yakubu said he was in Benin to assess the level of damage with a view to immediately proffering solutions to whatever problems that has arose from the disaster.

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He said the flood disaster would not hinder the smooth conduct of the governorship election in the state, adding that the commission would do an assessment of what was damaged and respond appropriately.

He expressed joy that no life was lost to the flood.

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“This is not a regular visit. We are here to see what happened to our facilities after the flooding that occurred on Friday, May 24.

“I came here with the Director of ICT because some machines were destroyed and I also came with the federal controller of works because he would be helping us to address the flooding problems in and around the INEC office in Benin.

“Providing working equipment and ensuring a conducive work environment is as crucial as paying salaries.

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“So we will ensure that we fix the damaged facilities before the election,” he said.

The INEC chairman also disclosed that the CVR exercise would continue in spite of the damage caused by the flood disaster.

He, however, described the turnout of registrants as impressive, stressing that the damaged facilities poses no threat to the ongoing CVR and election.

“We took proactive measure to ensure that the CVR was not affected by calling for additional resources from neighboring states since INEC was one national body.”

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According to him, the present Commission has enough experience in conducting governorship election and this is the third governorship election we will be conducting in Edo since 2016.

Earlier, the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dr Anugbum Onuoha thanked the Chairman for being proactive in responding to the disaster.

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JUST IN: Sanusi Makes First Appointment Amid Emirship Tussle

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As the controversy trailing Kano Emirate tussle continues, the 16th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II has on Thursday made his first appointment.

This was coming barely a week after he was reinstalled as the Emir.

Sanusi, the former Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, approved the appointment of a new Ward Head of Kofar Mazugal, Hamisu Sani in Dala Local Government area of the state.

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The Emir called on the new ward Head to ensure peaceful coexistence among the subjects of the area and contribute his quota towards the development of the state as a whole.

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Earlier, district heads and personalities such as delegations from religious and market bodies paid homage on Emir Sanusi at the palace.

The delegation includes, Ansarulddeen Tijjanniya sect and Traders from Kano popular textile market (Kantin Kwari) as well as the commodities market (Singer market) among others.

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Recall that Sanusi II was reinstalled as the Emir of Kano last Thursday after the Kano State House of Assembly and Governor Abba Yusuf repealed and accented the Kano State Emirates Councils (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

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