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U.S museum returns looted artefacts to Nigeria

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the US has handed over some looted artefacts to the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) as pressure mounts for restitution.

The returned artefacts include two 16th-century brass plaques and a 14th century brass head that were looted in Benin in the year 1897 which were retrieved from a New York art collector and a private seller.

Max Hollein who works as the director of the Museum said “the Met is pleased to have initiated the return of these works and is committed to transparency and the responsible collecting of cultural property.”

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, the Director-general of the NCMM said “The NCMM understands that there are great opportunities for collaborations of all sorts, including traveling exhibitions with many of these exquisite objects. The NCMM shall jointly with as many willing partners as possible pursue this under prospective agreements.”

Nigeria has lots of Benin looted treasures scattered in many places all over the world. The new campaign for repatriation of Africa’s heritage has brought about the discovery of some of these artefacts, mostly displayed in Museum across western Countries.

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