Nigeria: Recovering Country's Stolen Artefact

09 Sep 2012 5:50 PM | Anonymous

Nigeria: Recovering Country's Stolen Artefact

By Mustapha Suleiman, 9 September 2012

A very large number of Nigeria's priceless artefacts left Nigeria's shores long before the country came into being as an independent nation. The high point was the infamous assault on Benin in 1897. Dispossessing Nigerians of their heritage went on throughout the period of colonial domination and more recently it has been rearing its ugly head through looting of heritage archaeological sites and museums.

The National Commission for Museums and Monuments, NCMM, Director General Mallam Yusuf Abdullahi Usman recently said the commission charged with the responsibility of preserving Nigeria's antiquities considers the return of all these objects an issue of paramount importance, saying that is why it is paying intense attention to it, including setting up of a special unit to handle the return of such artefacts.

The last recorded case of antiquities theft from the National Musuem collection was in 1996.

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