Mexico returns ancient sculpture Stolen from Nigeria
On Tuesday, the Mexican government shipped an ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria which was seized during illegal exports.
“Specialists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History determined that it was a piece of Yoruba origin,” Diego Prieto, head of the agency, told a press conference.
“A beautiful bronze piece, and that being of Nigerian heritage, it should return to its home.”
Officials did not offer more details about the sculpture’s exact origins or the circumstances of its confiscation.
“It was also determined that it had been illegally exported,” the Mexican foreign ministry said.
Nigerian Ambassador Aminu Iyawa acknowledged the work of the Mexican authorities in recovering the sculpture.