• says he is happy to do so
The aged-long clamour for the return of the stolen Benin artefacts during the 1897 invasion of Benin Kingdom by the British, received a boost on Thursday as Herrmann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, Berlin, Germany, announced that the Republic of Germany was happy to return the Benin bronzes the ancient city.
The artefacts, it would be recalled, were looted by the invading British soldiers during the 1897 British invasion of the City, known in History as the “Benin Massacre of 1897.”
Parzinger, who is also the chairman of museums holders of Benin bronzes, made the remarks while speaking with newsmen at the Museum Ground, Ring Road, Benin City, as a leader of a five-man delegation from Germany, to Benin City.
Credit: Nigerian Tribune