The Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Abba Tijani during an interview with iewsmen on Monday, disclosed that the Federal Government is making plans to construct a royal palace museum where the Benin bronze artefacts that were repatriated from Germany would be kept.
It was reported that artefacts worth £2.5 million have been handed over to the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, by President Muhammadu Buhari, 125 years after they were looted by British troops during the invasion of Benin Kingdom.
The returned artefacts comprises of a cockerel (okpa) and an Oba head (Uhunwun Elao). They were repatriated from Cambridge University, Jesus College, and University of Aberdeen, Scotland, respectively.
The artefacts were handed over to the traditional ruler by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Tunji Ishola.
While handing over the repatriated artefacts Mr Tijani said: ‘‘We need the cooperation and involvement of all stakeholders in promoting the return of more artefacts.We need to build a solid structure on ground, especially in Abuja and Benin city for the artefacts to survive when they are brought in.
He said the country took possession of the artefacts in 2021 but could not bring it home then due to lack of export permit.