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Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by dre11(m): 8:35pm On Jun 26
The antique dealer has refused to hand the bronze head back to Nigerian officials insisting on being paid for a certain amount of money but Nigeria insists that it will not pay for what is originally hers.

By Chiamaka Okafor

British police have continued to hold on to a stolen Nigerian artefact as Nigerian officials and a Belgian antique dealer fail to reach an agreement on its return.

The Ife Head is a bronze cast head from the old Ife kingdom which is believed to be about 700 years old. There are only about 20 of them still in existence, the BBC reports.

According to a BBC report, a local Belgian antique dealer acquired the artefact on November 14, 2007, at an auction for confiscated art items organised by Belgian authorities.

He did not know at that time that the artefact was stolen from Nigeria, especially as it was sold by the Belgian government.

The antique dealer has refused to authorise the transfer of the bronze head back to Nigeria, insisting on being paid but Nigeria insists that she will not pay for what is originally hers.

According to the BBC, in 2019, a Nigerian delegation met the dealer in a cordial atmosphere.

“I told him he could be an international hero. He said he wanted money, not people saying nice things about him,” BBC quoted Babatunde Adebiyi, a National museum official as saying.

“The Nigerians say that at times the dealer has asked for €5m, but has brought his price down. British officials tell me he is now asking for €39,000 (£33,500),” the BBC reported.

How did the artefact get to the British police?
In 2017, the dealer tried to sell the head through Woolley and Wallis, who passed it on to the British police.

In 2019, the police took the head to the British Museum, where curators confirmed its authenticity by comparing it with a cast that was made in the late 1940s. “I feel confident it’s genuine,” said an expert who saw it.

Despite confirming its origin, the British police insist they are neutral.

“Whatever our private preference, we can’t take property from an individual,” BBC quoted an official as saying, adding that “this has to be resolved between the Nigerian government and the dealer.”

“Everyone agrees this piece was stolen,” said another British official, “but has the Belgian dealer, in legal terms, done anything wrong? He bought it at a government sale.”

The UK has suggested that the Belgian government, having made the error of selling the head in 2007, pays off the dealer. The Belgian government has yet to make any public comments.

How did the bronze head leave Nigeria?
Like some other missing artefacts, the Ife head was stolen from the Jos museum on January 14, 1987. Thieves broke into the museum, severely beat up the guard and carted away nine of the museum’s most precious treasures.

Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) instantly alerted UNESCO, providing photographs of everything stolen from Jos.

In 1990 collectors in Switzerland were approached by a man trying to sell a beautiful Benin Bronze head for a half a million Swiss francs. The collectors were suspicious, and with the help of American, Swiss and Nigerian diplomats it was identified as having come from Jos and was returned to Nigeria, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile, the other eight pieces had, apparently, vanished. Most of them, including the Ife Head, are listed in a 1994 publication by the International Council of Museums (ICOM), entitled One Hundred Missing Objects; Looting in Africa.

The Ife Head would later reappear in Belgium in circumstances unknown to the public.

Nigeria determined to retrieve all its stolen treasures

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) had earlier this year said no fewer than 1,500 Nigerian artefacts taken away will be retrieved from across the world in 2022.

Abba Tijani, director-general, NCMM, said these were part of the over 5,000 artefacts carted away from different locations in Nigeria, decades ago.

The director-general said the artefacts would be retrieved from Germany, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and other individual museums across the globe.

He said that upon return of the artefacts, the NCMM would organise a series of exhibitions where they would be displayed for the general public to have a glimpse of them.

https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/539287-stolen-artefacts-british-police-hold-on-to-ife-head-stolen-from-nigeria.html

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by FERNANDEZISBACK: 8:37pm On Jun 26
The man will have to be compensated by the British or Belgian government not Nigeria..they sold a stolen artifact to a normal business man who had no idea about it.. grin
And ya expect him to give it for free to the Nigeria government even though it's originally theirs..nah nah..thats gonna be a loss on his side.. grin

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Jennifer663(f): 8:41pm On Jun 26
Hahahaha
Nigerians

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Zonefree(m): 8:44pm On Jun 26
Ife head should rescue itself and teleport back to Nigeria.

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by oz4real83(m): 8:56pm On Jun 26
Despite the countless jujus in all the traditional palaces in Nigeria, the white men just came and ransacked the palaces and in some cases burnt down the palaces without the jujus doing anything embarassed. But if Nigerians should do the same thing, then you will see the real powers of these jujus cheesy cheesy grin. Just imagine a situation where somebody who is in possession of a stolen property that the jujus were supposed to be protecting is requesting for the worshippers of such jujus to come and pay some money before he releases such property to them shocked, It seems the powers of these jujus work only locally. undecided

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Juicygees(m): 10:02pm On Jun 26
African JuJu no dey work for Whitey in those days.. isn't that strange

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:02pm On Jun 26
Bring back our artefacts

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by kenedyx: 10:02pm On Jun 26
Let them hold on to it.

Abacha loot till today we don't know where it is. Hold it till Peter Obi takes charge 2023.

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by inoki247: 10:03pm On Jun 26
All this artifacts be like Abacha loot e no dey finish.....

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Akerele44(m): 10:03pm On Jun 26
Sell am make i send u my aza make u send me the money ASAP

Life hard abeg grin

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by 081087n(f): 10:04pm On Jun 26
wink Emi
Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by GualaGuala(m): 10:04pm On Jun 26
Ole
Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by BluntCrazeMan: 10:04pm On Jun 26
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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Skillsnigeria: 10:04pm On Jun 26
Hmmm
Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by NwaNimo1(m): 10:04pm On Jun 26
My village moulded that....some millennia ago!

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Titilayo4life: 10:05pm On Jun 26
Nice
Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by DroppingLiquid: 10:05pm On Jun 26
White men must have some special type of Juju or something, because the way they're able to hold our artefacts is something elese. Either that or our artifacts want to also japa, that's why they're not complaning. Who no like better thing?

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Badgers14: 10:06pm On Jun 26
Interesting that a local man will carry this artifacts or even try to carry it away.. then it strikes... buy oyibo pipu will just come and carry it to Japa and they will just relax..

Who no like better thing grin grin

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by tishbite41(m): 10:07pm On Jun 26
make them sell ooni rolls royce take buy the artifact back

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by merits(m): 10:08pm On Jun 26
dre11:
The antique dealer has refused to hand the bronze head back to Nigerian officials insisting on being paid for a certain amount of money but Nigeria insists that it will not pay for what is originally hers.



https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/539287-stolen-artefacts-british-police-hold-on-to-ife-head-stolen-from-nigeria.html

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by ViceGovernor: 10:10pm On Jun 26
That rogue should be arrested for stealing Orí ólokún

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by tonididdy(m): 10:11pm On Jun 26
grin

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by empressSkincare(f): 10:11pm On Jun 26
Artifact that when it gets back to Nigeria will not be properly maintained. The ones that were not stolen nko? Are we even maintaining dem and giving them the required spotlight?


Please check my SIGNATURE.

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Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by Franchise21(m): 10:11pm On Jun 26
OK
Re: Stolen Artefacts: British Police Hold On To Ife Head Stolen From Nigeria (pic) by gambojimeta: 10:11pm On Jun 26
African leaders are fools grin

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