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Nigerian Newspapers Headlines: 10 things You Need to Know Today, August 31, 2023

Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Today

Top Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Today for Thursday, August 31, 2023.


Welcome to the daily news roundup, providing you with a concise overview of the top stories making waves across Nigeria. Here are today’s key Nigerian newspapers headlines:

1. Gabonese Military Officers Seize Power in Coup, President Bongo Ousted


In a shocking turn of events, a group of senior Gabonese military officers has declared the seizure of power, leading to the ousting of President Ali Bongo. The officers assert that they represent all of Gabon’s security and defense forces, claiming authority over the nation. This coup has raised concerns about the stability of the country and its political future.

2. Nigerian Army Cracks Down on Oil Thieves in Imo State

The Nigerian Army’s 343 Artillery Regiment executed a successful anti-oil theft operation in Obokofia community, Imo State. The vigilant troops uncovered an oil thieves’ camp, leading to the discovery of 15 sacks and 13 jerry cans of illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO). Brigadier General Onyema Nwachukwu, the Director of Army Public Relations, confirmed this crackdown.


3. Senator Shehu Sani Links Poisoned Elections to Democracy Collapse in Africa

Renowned social critic and former lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has attributed the collapse of democracy in Africa to the prevalence of poisoned elections. Sani’s statement comes in the wake of the recent coup in Gabon, raising questions about the legitimacy of leadership transitions on the continent.

4. Ousted Gabon President Appeals to “Friends” in Video Message

Following the successful military coup in Gabon, a video has emerged featuring ousted President Ali Bongo. In the video, Bongo calls on his “friends” to raise their voices about his arrest and the events unfolding in the country. This video highlights the tense situation and the potential for international involvement.

5. Passing of Nigerian Flag Designer, Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi


Pa Taiwo Akinkunmi, the designer of Nigeria’s national flag, has passed away. His son, Akinkunmi Akinwumi Samuel, confirmed the sad news on social media. Akinkunmi’s creation, the iconic green and white flag, remains a symbol of the nation’s identity.

6. FCT Minister Challenges Party Leadership, Governor Announces Blue Line Rail Operations

Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has issued a daring challenge to his own party’s leadership. In an interview with Channels Television’s Politics Today program, Wike openly invited the party to suspend or discipline him, showcasing internal tensions within the PDP.

7. Meanwhile, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has announced that the long-awaited Blue Line Rail will commence commercial operations on September 4. This announcement, made through his social media platform, marks a significant step in improving Lagos’ transportation infrastructure.

8. Committee Summons Insurance Companies Over Non-Remittance of Funds


An ad hoc committee investigating the non-remittance of funds into the National Housing Fund (NHF) has summoned 54 insurance companies in Nigeria. The committee, led by Chairman Dachung Bagos, has expressed concern that these companies failed to remit a substantial amount totaling N267 billion into the fund, as required by law.

9. NNPP Refutes Suspension of Presidential Candidate Kwankwaso


The National Working Committee (NWC) of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has dismissed rumors regarding the suspension of Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party’s 2023 presidential candidate. At a news conference held at the NNPP national headquarters in Abuja, the party’s national auditor, Ladipo Johnson, clarified the situation and affirmed Kwankwaso’s standing within the party.

10. President Bola Tinubu, a prominent Nigerian figure, responded to the coup with a statement expressing deep concern for Gabon’s social-political stability. Through his spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu highlighted the worrying trend of autocratic actions across different regions of the African continent.

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