The Edo State Police Command has arrested a preferred activist recognized as ‘Joker Boy’ for allegedly referring to Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II, as a ‘Yoruba man’.
SaharaReporters gathered that Joker Boy had in a video requested the federal government to not hand over to Ewuare II stolen artefacts returned from Europe.
“Na only Benin get Edo state? The Benin has been mismanaging our lives, the Benin has been cheating us, the Benin has been mismanaging our own resources, whereby they are not even from Benin. The Oba of Benin is a Yoruba man,” he had mentioned within the video.
“They do Museum for there, Benin people said they should bring all the repatriated artefacts to Oba palace, na only them be Edo state? We are all Edo people. Oba of Benin, you are not God, Governor Obaseki, build that artefacts museum for the central of Benin, not at any palace.”
A supply instructed SaharaReporters that the activist was arrested on August 5 at his home in Uromi over the video.
“He was arrested at night in his home at Uromi by police officers from Benin. He has been in detention since 5th August 2021; they failed to charge him to court. He is currently under detention at the Edo state CID headquarters,” the supply mentioned.
SaharaReporters had reported that the German authorities mentioned it might return the 1,130 looted Benin bronzes to Nigeria in 2022.
Several museums within the UK have additionally introduced that they might return looted artefacts to Nigeria.
But Ewuare II and Governor Godwin Obaseki have been at loggerheads over who will home the artefacts.
Obaseki had mentioned “a transformational museum is to be built in Benin City, to house the artefacts upon their return, as part of a new cultural district in the city”.
But the Oba of Benin countered his assertion, saying the stolen bronzes should not the property of the Edo state authorities however that of the Benin Kingdom and maintained that the “only legitimate destination for the artefacts” is the Benin royal museum which will probably be sited inside the Oba of Benin’s palace.