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INVESTIGATION… JUSTICE FOR SALE (I): Inside the ‘illegal’ Detention Centre of police Anti-Cultism unit

In this three-part investigative story, Damilola Banjo goes undercover to expose how Nigeria’s justice system is being abused via arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, torture, and commercialization of justice and bail. She unearths a string of extortion, bribery and intimidation by the agents and keepers of the law   A young man leapt out of the Anti-Cultism […]

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INVESTIGATION… Kaduna community where children learn under trees, with no facilities despite N160m budget for classrooms

Despite the state’s recent declaration of free education for kids in primary and secondary school in Kaduna State, a community still hosts a school that scares children from wanting to attend school. Though funds have been budgeted for classrooms and facilities for them, they still learn under trees with no facilities for convenience. Patrick Egwu visited […]

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INVESTIGATION… How DESOPADEC awarded contracts to fictitious firms, littering oil-producing communities with abandoned health centres

“In 2006, the Delta State government established the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to address the issues of lack of development in its oil-producing communities. Thirteen years later, many projects, including hospitals and health centres, contracts for which were awarded by the commission, have been abandoned. KELECHUKWU IRUOMA visited six oil-producing communities […]

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SPECIAL REPORT… How Nigerians survive, pay school fees by exchanging trash for cash

It has been 9 years since Rosemary Alonna’s husband died after suffering from an illness she does not recall. Before his death in 2010, Alonna and her husband, worked on people’s farms in Ebonyi, a state in South East Nigeria, after which they got paid sometimes N5,000, and sometimes N10,000 depending on the job they did. Though they usually did not make enough money, the little they got was okay for […]

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SPECIAL REPORT…. Sad tales of Oyo’s Nomadic Schools where pupils risk lives to learn

The Nigeria government has often mouthed its commitment to quality and progressive education. In doing so, it instituted, among others, the nomadic education policy. Though well intentioned, the initiative has been fraught with nightmarish experience for many of its beneficiaries. In a bid to acquire formal education, kids risk life and bear unpleasant environments. The […]

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INVESTIGATION… Victims tell their stories of how Lagos Environmental Sanitation Officers maltreat, extort residents

In this second part of an investigation on how LAGESC officials extort Lagosians, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA spoke with some victims, and reveals how the agency’s officials exploit offenders’ ignorance of the laws and its consequences to dupe them. Read the first part here Christian Nwaka, 25, was arrested by officers of LAGESC stationed at Ikeja Along bus stop […]

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INVESTIGATION… How Lagos Environmental Sanitation Officers maltreat, extort residents

Allegations of extortion by officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), especially those deployed to various pedestrian bridges in Lagos, had been rife. In this first of a two-part undercover report, KELECHUKWU IRUOMA puts the claims to test. He was arrested a couple of times, and shares his participant-observer experience. On a sunny […]

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RCDIJ Data Journalism Masterclass 2019

On Thursday, June 20, 2019, Journalists gathered at Sheraton Hotel Lagos for the 2019 Data Journalism Masterclass organised by the Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism (RCDIJ). The Centre held the training in partnership with Code for Africa, Code for Nigeria, BudgIT, International Press Centre, and CNN Multichoice African Journalist award winner, Arukaino Umukoro. […]

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ICYMI: SPECIAL REPORT… ‘Gabon’, Enugu forgotten community where life is nasty and sometimes, short

“Towards the bank of Ekulu River, about 20 minutes’ drive from the Akanu Ibiam International Airport sits a certain camp called Gabon. With virtually no social amenity, or facilities, Gabon is completely cut off from modern life and pregnancy for women is a dangerous venture. ARINZE CHIJIOKE visited….”   Roseline Nweke 70 has been left […]

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