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Return our ‘stolen’ artefacts, Sokoto Caliphate writes UK, France

The Sokoto Caliphate, which was invaded by colonial powers in 1903, now seeks the return of all its looted historical artefacts from France and United Kingdom.

This was contained in a letter of declaration on the looted relics, signed by a member of the National Assembly, Dr Balarabe Shuni, and leaders of five Non-Governmental Organisations, NGOs, in Sokoto.

The group demanded an apology from the United Kingdom and France for stealing the “irrecoverable, unchangeable and distinctive DNA” of the Sokoto Caliphate.

The Caliphate was invaded by the colonial powers in 1903 for refusing to acknowledge British authority. Many locals were killed, and several historical relics carted away.