Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama yesterday in Abuja received a stolen Ile-Ife artifact from Mexico.
The minister called for a more secured border to prevent future theft.
Onyeama collected the artifact from the Charge d’Affaires of the Nigerian Mission in Mexico, Dr. Yakubu Dadu.
The minister hailed the Embassy for recovering the artifact.
He noted that the interventions of Nigerian envoys in recovering stolen national possessions showed the important works they were doing as against negative reports of Nigerian missions in the social media.
Onyeama expressed appreciation to the Government of Mexico for ensuring that the artifact was duly returned to Nigeria.
Acting Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mr. Gimba Muhammed, said a lot of measures were put in place to prevent stolen artifacts from leaving the country.