Germany is to return precious artefacts that were plundered Nigeria the colonial era the late-19th century. The world-famous Benin Bronzes are currently display a museum in Leipzig. The Bronzes comprise a collection more than a thousand metal plaques, sculptures and statues. They were created the Edo people what used to be the Kingdom of Benin the 13th century. They decorated the royal palace of the Kingdom of Benin, in what is now Nigeria. Most the objects were looted by British forces in 1897. Two hundred pieces were taken to the British Museum London, while others went to museums across Europe. Nigeria has tried decades to get them repatriated.
Experts say the 16th-18th century returning pieces are the most highly regarded works African art. Many Nigerians are welcoming their return. Nigeria's Institute Benin Studies said Germany is, "leading the global restitution movement" former colonial powers returning looted treasures. It said: "Other European nations should be willing and open to acknowledge that all objects looted 1897 belong to the Benin people. Germany, they too should initiate or join the dialogue to discuss the future these objects." However, some Nigerians believe the objects are safer Europe. One man said: "With the insecurity now, the safety those artefacts cannot be guaranteed."