Nigerian Newspapers Headlines Today: 10 Latest News and Updates August 11, 2023


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Good morning readers! Here’s a roundup of and the stories making headlines across Nigeria.  ECOWAS Activates Standby Force, Junta’s Dark Threats, and More


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1. ECOWAS Activates Standby Force Amidst Niger Crisis


In a significant move, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has issued a directive for the immediate activation of its standby force. President Omar Alieu Touray conveyed this order following an extraordinary meeting held in Abuja on Thursday. The decision comes in response to the recent coup in Niger, which ousted President Mohamed Bazoum’s .

The ECOWAS chief of defense staff committee is now tasked with implementing the standby force activation, a decision that reflects the regional body’s determination to address the unfolding situation in Niger. President Touray, while announcing the resolution, emphasized the importance of restoring stability and democracy to the francophone country.

2. Niger Junta’s Dark Threats Unveiled

Disturbing revelations have emerged from the Niger junta, which seized power by overthrowing President Mohamed Bazoum’s government. The junta has reportedly issued threats against the life of the deposed president if the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) attempts any military intervention to reinstate democracy.


These threats were disclosed to a high-ranking United States diplomat, raising concerns about the potential for violence and instability in the region. The junta’s readiness to resort to extreme measures underscores the complexity of the situation and the challenges ECOWAS faces in its efforts to restore democratic governance.

3. Tragic End to Lagoon Incident in Lagos

A tragic incident concluded with the recovery of a young man’s body from the Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge area of Lagos. The deceased has been identified as Buka Abana, a 30-year-old resident of Lekki Phase I. Abana had reportedly jumped into the lagoon earlier in the week, sparking a search and rescue operation that lasted several days.


Authorities revealed that Abana, believed to be struggling with drug addiction, had left his residence days before the incident. The heart-wrenching discovery highlights the urgent need for addressing mental health challenges and substance abuse issues in the community.

4. Naira’s Decline Attributed to Unofficial Diaspora Remittances

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has attributed the continuous depreciation of the Naira against the to unofficial diaspora remittances. Acting CBN Governor Folashodun Shonubi made this statement during an event at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja.

The explanation sheds light on a contributing factor to the currency’s decline and underscores the importance of effective policies to stabilize Nigeria’s economy. Addressing these economic challenges remains a key priority for the nation’s financial institutions.


5. Deputy Governor of Edo State Dispels Party Switch Rumors

Deputy Governor Philip Shuaibu of Edo State has strongly refuted claims that he intends to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressives Congress (). Shuaibu’s Chief Press Secretary, Musa Ebomhiana, issued a statement dismissing the rumors as the work of individuals seeking to create division between the deputy governor and Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The statement aims to quell speculation about political shifts within Edo State and emphasizes Shuaibu’s commitment to his current party affiliation.


6. Election Nullification in Kano Over Forgery Allegations

The National and State House of Assembly elections petition tribunal in Kano has rendered a significant verdict by nullifying the election of Muktar Umar Yerima from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). The three-member tribunal panel, led by Justice I.P. Chima, ruled that Yerima’s election was invalid due to the forgery of his primary school certificate.


The ruling underscores the importance of upholding the integrity of the electoral process and ensuring that candidates meet the necessary qualifications for public office.


7. Niger’s Junta Appoints Cabinet Amidst International Pressure.

Despite international pressure urging the reinstatement of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum, Niger’s military junta has announced the appointment of 21 ministers to form a new cabinet. The transitional Prime Minister, Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine, will work alongside this cabinet, as announced in a televised broadcast.

The junta’s decision underscores its determination to assert control over the country’s governance, despite appeals for a return to democratic leadership.

8. Changes in IELTS Examination Fees for Nigerians

Starting from September 2023, Nigerians seeking to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination will face an increased fee of N107,500. The British Council confirmed this adjustment, noting that individuals interested in relocating to the United Kingdom for work or study purposes are required to take the IELTS.


The change in fees highlights the evolving dynamics of language proficiency testing and its implications for international mobility.

9. Tragedy in Adamawa State: Man Arrested for Killing Daughter

In Adamawa State, a distressing incident has led to the arrest of Ayuba Danbaki, who is accused of killing his own two-year-old daughter. The suspect admitted to the crime, citing the influence of alcohol (Burukutu) as a contributing factor. The tragic event occurred after the toddler’s mother brought her to Danbaki at a local joint in Ga’anda District, Gombi Local Government Area.


The incident underscores the need for addressing mental health issues, substance abuse, and the protection of vulnerable individuals.

10. Legal Proceedings for Suspended CBN Governor Emefiele.

Legal proceedings continue to unfold for the suspended Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele. The Federal High Court in Lagos has adjourned the case until August 15, 2023, to hear Emefiele’s application seeking to prevent his prosecution by the Federal Government. On the same day, the court will also address the Federal Government’s application, filed through the Ministry of Justice, seeking leave to appeal the bail granted to Emefiele.

The courtroom developments shed light on a significant legal battle and its potential implications for the financial sector and governance in Nigeria.


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