Richard Ginika Izuora
Germany has agreed that by 2022 it will return all Benin artefacts taken from the Benin Royal Court following the British incursion in 1849.
Germany made the commitment at a press briefing in Abuja, on Tuesday, May 18, with the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki; and the German delegation in attendance.
At the meeting, the German Director-General Culture and Communication, Dr Andreas Gorgen said Germany acknowledges that Nigeria has suffered a loss.
He said 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.