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British university to return looted bronze statue to Nigeria

This image made available by Jesus College Cambridge on Thursday Nov. 28, 2019, shows a bronze statue of a cockerel. Cambridge University in Britain says it will return the bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago. Governments and institutions in the West are under growing pressure to return artifacts taken decades or centuries ago, especially from Africa.

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — In a story Nov. 28, The Associated Press reported that a looted bronze statue being repatriated to Nigeria was taken from the Court of Benin in 1897 and given to Cambridge University several years later. The statue had been given to Jesus College, which is a college under the umbrella of Cambridge University.

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