Mark Walker: Soldier's grandson to return artefacts looted from Nigeria

Mark Walker: Soldier's grandson to return artefacts looted from Nigeria

Mark Walker has announced his readiness to return back to Nigeria the items his grandfather stole from the West African country.

Recall that thousands of items were stolen from Nigeria during a British military expedition in the late 19th century.

BBC reports that Walker's grandfather, who was a soldier, took part in the looting of Benin City in the late 19th century.

Legit.ng gathers that Walker's grandfather was in his twenties when he brought the artefacts back on his return to the UK.

Mark Walker: Soldier's grandson to return artefacts looted from Nigeria

Mark Walker says the artefacts must be returned to where they were stolen. Photo credit: BBC
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The artefacts have remained in Walker's family ever since his grandfather brought them from Nigeria.

As expected, people from around the world reacted to Walker's decision to return the stolen artefacts.

Stanley Erevbenagie Asemota on Facebook said: "The whole essence of the so-called Punitive Expedition was to steal. Anyway thanks for returning the stolen artefacts."

Obika Obika Anedo said: "If you like return it, if you like don't return it. It doesn't change anything, the damage has been done, returning it now is of no gain. What about other biggest stolen items taken by your fathers and the UK at large? Please Spare me that bullshit, I rest my case."

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Southsudan TMZ said: "Those people should be taken to ICC, that's a War Crime according to International law, they looted people's heritage."

Adajime Paul Looting has been associated with Nigeria over centuries. They stole from us and now we are stealing and mismanaging our resources by ourselves. God help us

Joel Osas Iyoha said: "I am an Africana and I strongly believe it would have been better if he had taken those artifacts to the British museum."

Smart Seme said: "He has just felt within his heart that he is obliged to do so. This will help the owners to enrich their heritage and discover more on where they have come from. This is commendable."

Hu InDuna Msonda said: "If Europeans were to return all the stolen treasures their museums would be empty... kudos to this guy, our children need to grow up seeing their treasures & learn their history... some Africans do not know Europeans got ahead by holding on to the knowledge they found in Africa;- ever wonder why you know so much about Europe but not yourself??"

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Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian man identified as Ambassador Dion Osagie from Edo state revealed that he visited the British Museum to request that the Benin artefacts should be returned to Nigeria.

The entrepreneur and philanthropist stated that he made the visit during the days leading to the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Megan Markle. He stated that the artefacts were stolen in 1897.

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