The decision comes after Nigeria’s National Commission for Museums and Monuments formally asked for the artifacts to be returned earlier this year following a consultation with community members, artists and schoolchildren in Nigeria and the UK.
It was the fourth attack in Togo since last year as the West African country, Benin, Ghana and Ivory Coast all face a growing threat from militants in the Sahel, which is north of their borders.
Members of civilian auxiliary force VDF killed over the weekend in separate attacks in Burkina Faso as the country battles an insurgency that has spread from neighbouring Mali over the past decade.
Unnamed militants blamed for killing five rangers, a soldier, and wounding 10 others during a patrol in W National Park.
Madougou was arrested in March just weeks before the election, accused of financing an operation to assassinate political figures to prevent the vote, in an alleged bid to "destabilise" the country.
The French government will return some 26 artworks from thousands taken in the 19th century from Benin, including from its Palaces of Abomey – today a UNESCO World Heritage site.
British soldiers seized thousands of metal castings and sculptures during a raid on the then separate Kingdom of Benin in 1897.
The CFA Franc has always seen as a vestige of colonialism, but now eight West African countries are aiming to decolonise and start their own currency.
In an escalating tit-for-tat trade war, the Ghana Union of Traders Association shut down almost 70 Nigerian-owned businesses because of Nigeria’s closure of its border to imports and exports.
The remaining crew on the MV Bonita notified local authorities, and the vessel docked at the port city of Cotonou, following the incident.
Tunisia and South Africa filled the final two places for the round of 16 after a tense finish to the group stage in Egypt.
In a ceremony held at Pakistan's embassy in Paris, 445 artifacts were handed back to Pakistan on Tuesday, with an estimated value of $157,000 (139,000 euros).
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