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Nigerian govt to receive stolen antiquities from US, Scotland

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The Federal Authorities says it can take management of different stolen antiquities from the U.S. and Scotland in October this yr.

That is along with the 1130 looted artefacts anticipated from Germany later this month.

The Minister of Data and Tradition, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at a media briefing on Saturday in Lagos State on the efforts by the federal authorities to repatriate looted smuggled artefacts from around the globe.

Mohammed stated, “In March 2021, the College of Aberdeen in Scotland agreed to return a Benin Bronze from its collections.

“We will take possession of this in October this yr.

“We’ve additionally secured a date in October 2021 for the repatriation of antiquities from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

“These antiquities include two necessary Benin Bronzes and an beautiful Ife Bronze head.’’

Mohammed stated the event fashioned components of the successes recorded by the marketing campaign he launched in November 2019 for the return and restitution of Nigeria’s looted/smuggled artefacts from around the globe.

The minister recalled that in October final yr, the Netherlands returned a highly-valued 600-year-old Ife Terracotta whereas Mexico returned a bronze piece in April 2021.

He stated, “The College of Cambridge in the UK has additionally agreed to return a disputed Benin artefact.

“We’ll quickly start the process for the repatriation of this highly-valued piece.’’

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