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LONG OVERDUE: ‘FRANCE Ready to Return 26 Stolen Thrones and Statues taken from Benin Kingdom during Colonial Era’-EMMANUEL MACRON, French President …Says: ‘This happened in 1892 when we had the war against the then Kingdom of Dahomey’ *Artifact currently on display in the Quai Branly museum in Paris * “The return of art to Benin should not be an isolated case. The president hopes that all possible circulation of these works is considered: returns but also exhibitions, loans, further cooperation” -Elysee palace * Ousmane Aledji, director of the Benin cultural centre Artisttik Africa: ‘We Are pleased to see a new form of cultural exchange with France’ BY ANIETE PAMELA/CULTURAL STAFF WRITER, BENIN CITY, EDO STATE & KLEM IMONITIE/SENIOR CULTURAL CORRESPONDENCE, PARIS

LONG OVERDUE: ‘FRANCE Ready to Return 26 Stolen Thrones and Statues taken from Benin Kingdom during Colonial Era’-EMMANUEL MACRON, French President …Says: ‘This happened in 1892 when we had the war against the then Kingdom...

FINAL INSTRUCTION: ‘I Am Ordering Nigerian Military to Crush, End BOKO HARAM Threat NOW’-President MUHAMMADU BUHARI ….Vows: ‘WAR against Terrorism is A MUST WIN in NIGERIA’ * ‘Nigerian Army should not be Distracted by speculations, Remain Focused to Wipe Off Boko Haram from the surface of the earth’ * ‘I want to reassure you that as your Commander-In-Chief, I will do everything within my power to continue empowering you by providing all the necessary equipment, force multipliers and enablers required for you to prevail on the field’ * ‘I also want you to be aware that I am currently looking into measures to improve your entitlements and welfare generally’ *WARNS: ‘Security agencies must rise to the challenge and curb threats to security in our country’ BY AHMED RILWAN/ASSISTANT EDITOR, ABUJA

FINAL INSTRUCTION: ‘I Am Ordering Nigerian Military to Crush, End BOKO HARAM Threat NOW’-President MUHAMMADU BUHARI ….Vows: ‘WAR against Terrorism is A MUST WIN in NIGERIA’ * ‘Nigerian Army should not be Distracted...

2ND YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: ‘MY Husband, OLAWALE ADEYINKA is my Greatest JOY, HAPPINESS & the LOVE OF MY LIFE’-BENITA OKOJIE, Nigeria’s Gospel Star …Says: ‘GOD is the sustainer of our Marriage and HOME’ *Shares photos of their Wedding Day on Social Media BY CHIKA IBONI/ENTERTAINMENT REPORTER, LAGOS

2ND YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY: ‘MY Husband, OLAWALE ADEYINKA is my Greatest JOY, HAPPINESS & the LOVE OF MY LIFE’-BENITA OKOJIE, Nigeria’s Gospel Star …Says: ‘GOD is the sustainer of our Marriage and HOME’ *Shares...

TOURISM: MOROCCO Gets AFRICA’S First High-speed Train at a whooping cost of $2billion…10 year decade project funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates * French President Emmanuel Macron and Morocco’s King Mohammed VI inaugurated train * New trains made by manufacturer Alstom and can reach speeds of 200 miles per hour *It’s double the speed of South Africa’s Gautrain launched in 2012, which falls short of the criteria of high-speed rail * “We aim at six million passengers a year after three years of commercial operation, instead of three million currently”- Mohamed Rabie Khlie, director general of national rail operator * ‘The Government is continuing its reforms and major investments to improve the business climate and attract foreign investors’- African Development Bank BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

TOURISM: MOROCCO Gets AFRICA’S First High-speed Train at a whooping cost of $2billion…10 year decade project funded by the governments of Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates * French President Emmanuel...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIANS in Texas celebrate passage of Nigeria’s First Class Bayelsa Traditional Ruler, HRH KING PETER ODIKEME OKERE, the Amananaowei of Peretorugbene Kingdom ABIRI 1…Hosts Service of Song in Redeemed Christian Church of God House on the Rock, Grand Prairie *Highly respected monarch with no single scandal contribute immensely to Humanity, Human Capital Development for Niger-Delta Youths *Preached love, lived a life of Integrity with unparalleled lasting legacy till he conquered death *Fought for Infrastructural Growth, stopped impostors from enriching themselves with Community loot *Devout Christian, a Chief Pharmacy Technician encouraged spread of the gospel, outreach crusades in the community, detest Occultism in Coronation *Pioneer leader that encouraged youths’ Employment, Skills’ Acquisition and Western Education *Famous Pentecostal preacher, Pastor O.J Kuye reflects on the essence of life in a sermon titled: ‘The King Has Died’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIANS in Texas celebrate passage of Nigeria’s First Class Bayelsa Traditional Ruler, HRH KING PETER ODIKEME OKERE, the Amananaowei of Peretorugbene Kingdom ABIRI 1…Hosts Service of Song in Redeemed Christian Church...

NIGERIAN Rising Star, SHABA UGLY Rocks Germany with Dancehall Reggae Music…Sing-alike of South Africa’s Lucky Dube, Nigeria’s Righteous-man inspires in ‘Let’s God Will be Done’ *Much sought-after single takes over German Concerts, Night Clubs and Churches *Germans call him ‘African Music Star’- “Du bist ein afrikanischer Musikstar. Wir lieben dich sehr. Ihre Musik ist erfrischend und inspirierend,” which translates: “You are African Music Star. We Love you greatly. Your music is refreshing and inspiring” *Others call graduate of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo state: ‘African Reggae Star’- “Afrikanischer Reggae-Stern” * “The story of Joseph from Prison to Palace narrates the journey of my life. From Grass to Grace can only happen when you fully believe in God alone and never put your trust in human beings”-IRABOR SHABA JUNIOR BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF & HELEN AFOLABI/ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT, GERMANY

NIGERIAN Rising Star, SHABA UGLY Rocks Germany with Dancehall Reggae Music…Sing-alike of South Africa’s Lucky Dube, Nigeria’s Righteous-man inspires in ‘Let’s God Will be Done’ *Much sought-after single takes...

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Born American Investigative Media Professional, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Wins ‘Distinguished AFRICAN Journalist in the Diaspora Award 2018’…General Kollington Ayinla receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Nigerian Fuji Music *Story chosen for award titled: ‘NIGERIA’S BEST THREE Orthopedic Surgery Doctors in AMERICA Unveiled’ published October 26, 2017…with specialty in joint replacement surgery of the hip, knee, fracture care, work-related injuries, sports medicine and athletic injuries * Other Awardees include: His Royal Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of IFE, First Lady of Anambra State-Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, Prophet T.B. Joshua, Founder Synagogue Church of All Nations, Bolanle Sarumi, Ashabi Aliyu; Primus Odili, Wale Samson and many outstanding Nigerians * ‘This 5th year Rainbow Award is designed to continually celebrate outstanding Nigerians for excellence in their careers being people with tenacity of purpose. The award is to honour ingenious Nigerians, Africans at home and in the Diaspora for sterling performances in their chosen fields”-Omogbenigun Niyi Johnson, Publisher/Founder *Rainbow Light Ceremony holds Sunday, November 25th at Presken Hotel Resort Limited, Ikeja, Lagos BY SAMSON SHOAGA/MANAGING EDITOR, LAGOS

BREAKING NEWS: NIGERIAN Born American Investigative Media Professional, GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU Wins ‘Distinguished AFRICAN Journalist in the Diaspora Award 2018’…General Kollington Ayinla receives Lifetime Achievement Award for...

BREAKING NEWS in AMERICA: NIGERIAN Deaf & Dumb with Cognitive Disabilities, FRANCIS ANWANA, 41, Fighting Deportation in Detroit…Writes: ‘I was brought to USA at 13 years by my Father as a little boy where he enrolled me in Michigan School of the Deaf’ *USCIS Faults claim, argues :’Francis Anwana first came to the U.S. in 1983 with his father at age 13. He was issued an F-1 Student Visa. He violated his visa condition and became out of status since he is no longer a student. He needs to be deported. He is an illegal immigrant’ * ‘This young man has lived in the United States for 34 yrs. He is deaf & requires special medical care but is now facing deportation to Nigeria’-David Leopold, former President, American Immigration Lawyers Association * ‘I have introduced a private legislation to grant Permanent Legal Resident Status and halt the deportation of Francis Anwana, a Deaf Michigan resident’-Congressman Dan Kildee BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

BREAKING NEWS in AMERICA: NIGERIAN Deaf & Dumb with Cognitive Disabilities, FRANCIS ANWANA, 41, Fighting Deportation in Detroit…Writes: ‘I was brought to USA at 13 years by my Father as a little boy where he enrolled me in Michigan...

SHOCKING: NIGERIAN Couple, KENNETH GBOBOH, Wife, FRANCA behind largest Welfare Fraud of €400,000 in Ireland…Jailed for five years, crime lasted for over eight years *Arrived Ireland from Nigeria in 2006, Instantly applied for and received unemployment benefit *Established second identity under a fictitious name ‘Patrick Akim’, worked as IT Project Manager with FAKE name *Deceitfully collected €240,000 mortgage from EBS in 2008 using the name non-existent name *Wife continually claimed jobseeker’s benefit and did not inform the Department of Social Protection that her husband was in employment *Franca claimed jobseeker’s allowance of over €132,000 and rent allowance of almost €49,000 BY DESMOND IGBADE/CRIME CORRESPONDENT, IRELAND

SHOCKING: NIGERIAN Couple, KENNETH GBOBOH, Wife, FRANCA behind largest Welfare Fraud of €400,000 in Ireland…Jailed for five years, crime lasted for over eight years *Arrived Ireland from Nigeria in 2006, Instantly applied for and received...

CHILLING INVESTIGATION: PARIS Park in France, haven for NIGERIAN Women forced into Prostitution…Nigerian underage Girl Nadege Chinasa narrates how she was RAPED, had an Abortion *Trafficked from Nigeria to France at 6years old, Raped by Local Gangs that killed her aunt *Forced into sexual slavery at 15 years for €20 ($23) per client, to pay off a colossal debt to a female Nigerian pimp known as a “madam, Sleep with 10 men per Night *Human Traffickers also use ‘Bois de Vincennes’, a sprawling park on the outskirts of eastern Paris, home to horse riding schools and zoo for sex activities * Cries: ‘We are not allowed to wear more than our underwear in the night, others wear miniskirts standing outside underneath street lamps, facing out onto the empty road’ BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN FOREIGN BUREAU CHIEF

CHILLING INVESTIGATION: PARIS Park in France, haven for NIGERIAN Women forced into Prostitution...Nigerian underage Girl Nadege Chinasa narrates how she was RAPED, had an Abortion *Trafficked from Nigeria to France at 6years old, Raped by Local...