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African Bronzes Are Scattered Everywhere: Museums Are Asked Where They Stand on Restitution

  On the heels of news that Germany’s museums are making new strides towards restitution, we asked various museums to update us on their own plans.   Germany’s landmark announcement that it would begin to restitute Benin bronzes as soon as 2022 sent ripples through museum communities around the world. The contentious objects, known to have been looted from the Benin Royal Palace in 1897, are scattered across some of the most prominent museums the world over. From institutions like the Metropolitan Museum in New York, which holds 163 pieces, to the…

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James Ibori: UK returns $5.8m stolen by ex-governor to Nigeria

  Some $5.8m (£4.2m) recovered by UK agencies that was stolen by a Nigerian former governor and laundered in Britain have now been returned to Nigeria, the Nigerian authorities say. Former Delta State Governor James Ibori was convicted of money laundering in the UK in 2012. Prosecutors say he stole an estimated $165m (£117m) from the oil-rich state. A Bombardier Challenger jet is among the items listed in court documents for a confiscation order against Ibori. Africa Live: Latest updates on this and other stories James Ibori: How a thief…

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