HSI returns stolen and looted antiquities to Nigeria

28 Jul 2012 12:37 PM | Anonymous

HSI returns stolen and looted antiquities to Nigeria

NEW YORK – Officials with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) returned 11 stolen and looted cultural artifacts – 10 Nok statues and one carved tusk – to the government of Nigeria today at the HSI New York office. The items were seized by HSI special agents and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers after the importers surrendered the artifacts.

HSI special agents at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) first learned of the stolen Nok statues in April 2010 after receiving information from French customs officials. French authorities had detained a shipment of what they identified as Nok statues from Nigeria that were destined for the United States. French officials alerted HSI and CBP who met the shipments when they arrived in New York. HSI Chicago had also previously seized two Nok statues and a carved ivory tusk at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.


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