600 years old Ile Ife artefact has been returned to Nigeria from the Netherlands.
The artifact was smuggled to Europe through Ghana with fake documents according to Nigeria Ministry of culture.
The terracotta head sculpture was retrieved at Schipol airport, Amsterdam a year ago.
Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria was present during the handover of the artefact on Thursday, 26th of November, 2020.
Nigeria Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the return of the artefact “mark great achievement in the work Nigeria does to return stolen artworks back to the country”.
He said the artefact will be cleaned and treated before being displayed publicly.