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Netherlands returns smuggled 600-year-old Ife terracotta to Nigerian govt

The Kingdom of the Netherlands on Thursday formally offered a contraband Ife Terracotta artifact relationship again no less than 600 years to Nigeria. In Abuja.

Overseas Minister Geoffrey Onema, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Nigeria, Harry Van Dejk, Nigeria Chargé d'Affairs to the Netherlands, Kabiru Musa and Director Normal of the Nationwide Committee for Museum and Antiquities (NCMM) on the occasion.

The minister mentioned that he was smuggled by way of the airport in Ghana earlier than arriving in Europe in 2019.

“The smuggler obtained cast paperwork allegedly from the previous director basic of the Nationwide Committee of Museums and Antiquities. Phol Airport suspected the piece might need been imported illegally and alerted the Antiquities Safety Workplace often known as the Inspectie, the Info and Heritage Inspector within the Netherlands, to offer an opinion.

“The inspectorate known as on Nigeria to show its case in opposition to the suspected smuggler.”