Stolen Benin Artifacts to be Returned to Nigeria From Europe
Nigeria has reached an agreement with European museums and the German government for the return of stolen Benin artifacts
The National Council of Museum and Monuments (NCMM) has disclosed this, stating that they will be yielded from July 2022
According to Prof. Abba Tijani Director-General of the NCMM, the artifacts were stolen during the Benin punitive expedition of 1897
The National Council of Museum and Monuments (NCMM) has announced that Nigeria is set to secure the return of stolen Benin artifacts.
This was made possible after the country reached an agreement with Germany’s government and European museums.
During an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday, in Abuja, Prof. Abba Tijani, Director-General of NCMM stated the country will begin to receive the artifacts from July 2022.
According to Tijani, Nigeria has made several attempts to request for the stolen treasures, starting from the early 70s but the British government did not yield.
“During this first year, we have witnessed the issue of repatriation. Nigeria has made attempts several times to request for our collections that were stolen from the country,”
Tijani also disclosed that the artifacts had been stolen from the country during the Benin punitive expedition of 1897 when there was an attack on the Oba’s Palace.
Following the attack, the relics were scattered across various countries in America and Europe.
Finally, the agreement will see Nigeria get over 1000 Benin Bronzes and other museum possessions.