Benin City

Benin City is a city (2006 est. pop. 1,147,188) and the capital of Edo State in southern Nigeria. It is a city approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of the Benin River. It is situated 320 kilometres (200 mi) by road east of Lagos. Benin is the centre of Nigeria's rubber industry, but processing palm nuts for oil is also an important traditional industry.


The original people and founders of the Benin Empire, the Edo people, were initially ruled by the Ogiso (Kings of the Sky) dynasty who called their land Igodomigodo. The rulers or kings were commonly known as Ogiso. Igodo, the first Ogiso, wielded much influence and gained popularity as a good ruler. He died after a long reign and was succeeded by Ere, his eldest son. In the 12th century, a great palace intrigue and battle for power erupted between the warrior crown prince Ekaladerhan son of the last Ogiso and his young paternal uncle. In anger over an oracle, Prince Ekaladerhan left the royal court with his warriors. When his old father the Ogiso died, the Ogiso dynasty was ended as the people and royal kingmakers preferred their king's son as natural next in line to rule.

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Court Opening: Akpata calls for modern reforms in the judicial system

Business Day Online 13 Feb 2020
Mr Akpata remarked that this arrangement not only translated to a lot of work for Their Lordships in the Benin and Enugu Divisions of the Court but also entailed huge expenses for legal practitioners as well as litigants outside Edo and Enugu States who had to embark on long and tortuous journeys in order to attend court....

CPI climbs to a nine-month high on border closure

Business Day Online 27 Jan 2020
READ ALSO ... It is observed that the large portion of the aforementioned commodities and more are legally and illegally passing through the land borders that connect Nigeria with some of the west African countries like – the Benin Republic, through its commercial city of Cotonou; Niger, Ghana, among others ... ....

Lessons from the Trump–Iran news cycle

Columbia Journalism Review 13 Jan 2020
The court demanded that the government immediately review the situation in Kashmir and publish its shutdown orders, allowing for independent scrutiny of their legal basis. Ignace Sossou, a journalist in Benin, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison; he was charged with “harassment” after he (accurately) tweeted a public prosecutor’s remarks....


Peace FM Online 10 Jan 2020
“In this country many incredible things happen ... Why new denominations? ... Ghana has agreed to join eight West African countries who have adopted the ECO as legal tender. They are Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. ....

Afe Babalola Backs FG on Border Closure

This Day 02 Dec 2019
The foremost legal icon commended President Muhammadu Buhari over the closure of the country’s border with Benin Republic and other neighbouring countries to tackle persistent smuggling, which has crippled the country’s economy ... “They should not open it in the best interest of the economy. The closure of border is helpful to the farmer ... ....

The battle to get Europe to return thousands of Africa’s stolen artifacts is getting complicated

Quartz 29 Nov 2019
Benin 3,157 ... The statues have both a spiritual and historic value for Benin and are irreplaceable pieces of cultural property and heritage. These statues are part of 26 artifacts of the 5,000 artifacts Benin has requested from France whose return to the country is mired in legal challenges....

How HiiL selected a winner for its 2019 innovating Justice Challenge

Business Day Online 28 Nov 2019
COMMUNITY PEACE INITIATIVE seeks to promote peace and justice in conflicting communities in Northern Nigeria by engaging their traditional and religious leaders to resolve communal conflicts, while LAY BETTER through its conversational mobile BOT, Liliane provides legal advice in more than 10 areas of law for citizens of Benin Republic....

Why is there smuggling?

Business Day Online 14 Nov 2019
Just as Nigerian ports are becoming expensive and inefficient, neighbouring ports in Benin and Togo were increasing their efficiencies and lowering costs to attract Nigerian importers ... as legal importation to Nigeria drops drastically, neighbouring countries such as Benin, Cameroon, Niger and others have seen their parboiled rice imports increasing....

Oil palm farmer urges FG’s removal of tax on farm implements

Business Day Online 23 Oct 2019
Imade who appealed during an interview with BusinessDay recently in Benin City ... Imade, who is also a Benin based legal practitioner, called for the massive establishment of irrigation systems across the country to boost all-year-round farming activities ... IDRIS UMAR MOMOH, BENIN ....

IMF Backs Nigeria on Border Closure, Urges Speedy Resolution of Issue

This Day 19 Oct 2019
Selassie said although free trade was critical to economic growth of the continent, it must be legal and in line with agreements. “On the border closure in Nigeria which has been impacting Benin and Niger, our understanding is that the action reflects concerns about smuggling that has been taking place....

Nigeria’s border closure hits hard on rice-exporting countries

Business Day Online 07 Oct 2019
Data from both Thailand and India, which previously accounted for up to 90 percent of Nigeria’s rice imports, show legal imports to the country have declined but at the same time, exports of rice to Benin Republic have increased ... This represented 25.44 percent of the total rice import into Benin in the period....

‘No sign of some projects awarded by NDDC since 2012 in Edo’

Business Day Online 02 Oct 2019
“We are holding the NDDC and the contractor liable and we will take legal actions to ensure they compensate the victims affected.” ... The governor said the commission claimed it spent N20 billion on emergency projects in Edo State without paying its counterpart fund for the Benin-Abraka Road....

One Country, Ten Deposits: Benin Joins Nuclear Safety, Security and Liability Treaty Instruments, Brings into ...

IAEA 19 Sep 2019
In an unprecedented by any country, the Government of Benin yesterday deposited instruments expressing its content to be bound by ten international legal instruments under IAEA auspices in one fell swoop and brought into force its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and Additional Protocol ... ....

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