The French Government has returned a terracotta figurative sculpture after it was intercepted in France while in transit from Togo to the United States in 2008.
French Ambassador to Nigeria Denys Gauer officially presented the artifact to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a ceremony to mark the 2016 International Museum Day in Abuja on Wednesday.
“I will like to thank the French Ambassador specially for his country’s show of support in our fight against illicit trafficking of cultural goods and their untiring efforts at restitution and return of such items. I wish to recommend this ‘French Model’ to other countries,” Mohammed said.
He thanked the French Government for demonstrating the will to fight illegal trafficking of cultural artifacts and urged other countries to emulate France.