Germany to Return All Stolen Benin Cultural Artefacts to Edo Government by 2022

by on May 18, 2021

The German Government has agreed to return all stolen Benin artefacts by 2021. The artefacts are those stolen from the Benin Royal Court following the British incursion in 1849.

This was announced on Tuesday at a press briefing in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The event was attended by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and the German delegation.

At the meeting, the German Director-General Culture and Communication, Dr Andreas Gorgen said Germany acknowledges that Nigeria has suffered a loss.

He says Germany is on a restitution mission to Nigeria, to return all artefacts taken from the Benin Empire.

He also announced that Germany will partner with Nigeria in the area of culture promotion and preservation

The artefacts are to be returned to Benin, Edo State capital.

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