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Title:The Benin trials of 1897 and 1899
Author:Igbafe, Philip A.ISNI
Periodical:Odý: Journal of Yoruba and Related Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:colonial administration
Abstract:In January 1897 seven Europeans and a number of African carriers, who paid a visit to the Oba of Benin, were killed by Benin soldiers. Impertinent behaviour may be held responsible for this incident. Although much has been publicized about the punitive expedition, which followed soon afterwards, insufficient information has been provided about the type of trial given to the chiefs and the people, who were behind the murder. This paper examines the trial of Oba Ovonramwen in September 1897 and that of chief Ologbose in June 1899, as conducted by Sir Ralph Moor. The author concludes that the procedure adopted, was neither according to native law and custom, nor in accordance with the principle of justice. Ref.