[PHOTOs]: 117 years later: SEE stolen artifacts Britain returned to Nigeria | NAIJA NEWSPAPERS

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This has led to calls for other ones to be returned, which were looted from the palace of the Oba of Benin, Edo state, during the punitive expedition/invasion of the Benin Empire in 1897. Led by Captain Philip Walker, the British soldiers looted the Benin empire. 
A congratulatory message from the House of Representatives was sent to the Benin monarch, Omo Onoba N’edo Uku Akpolokpolo, Oba Erediauwa 1. 
The return of the statues was followed by the passing of a resolution following a motion sponsored by the House Minority Whip, Samson Osagie. 

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According to Africaeagle, a news website, Osagie urged the House to appreciate the gesture of Dr Mark Walker who decided, after painstaking inquiries from the Richard Lander society about their origin, to retrieve the artefacts and return them. Ruling on the motion, the Speaker of the House, Aminu Tambuwal, congratulated the federal government and the Oba of Benin for the return of the artifacts. 
Walker, the great grandson of Captain Philip Walker, who took part in the 1897 Benin massacre, returned the bronze, popularly known as “Ahianwen-Oro’ and presented it to the Oba of Benin in company of other foreign nationals.
He noted that among the items stolen was the original mask of the head of Queen Idia, which was used as the official symbol of Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in 1977. 

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