Our Mandate

AT RCDIJ, we value IndependenceObjectivityAccuracyTransparencyInnovation and non-compromising collaboration.

RCDIJ’s broad mandate is to contribute to the enthronement of a sustained order of fundamental freedoms and general wellbeing of society, through coordinated investigative and data journalism, advocacy and strategic collaboration.

RCDIJ prioritizes strategic collaboration in bid to maximize impact of targeted projects of great social import, building a partnership network that includes national, sub-national and international organizations with shared values, objectives and drive.

To pursue this mandate, the following endeavours have been selected:

  1. 1

    RCDIJ undertakes extensive and far-reaching investigations on significant issues around governance, human rights, economy, education, environment, technology, health, business, culture, and development, with the strategic goal of improving society and the human condition

  2. 2

    RCDIJ is committed to pursuing capacity-building for journalists, civil society, government, and other critical segments of society through advanced trainings and engagements, with a bid to facilitating the adoption of needed skill sets, strategies and principles required for operating with the highest possible standards

  3. 3
    Data Reporting

    RCDIJ works towards the mainstreaming and development of data journalism through technology-driven channels in order to contribute to the advancement of facts and truth

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    Public Advocacy

    RCDIJ champions media, communication, information and speech rights in society, holding government accountable at all times and maintaining vigilance to ensure that no abuse of power regarding these fundamental freedoms goes unchallenged
    RCDIJ also promotes transparency and accountability at all levels of government and the corporate world through public advocacy, diligent and in-depth research, as well as data and investigative


Investigative journalism is a crucial part of any democracy. Our stories educate citizens and help them better understand their world, give a voice to the voiceless, and hold people and organisations with power to account.

Our aim is to inform the public about the realities of power in today’s world. We are particularly concerned with the undermining of democratic processes and failures to accord with fair, legal and transparent practices.

We inform the public through in-depth investigative journalism, with no corporate or political agenda. Through fact-based, unbiased reporting, we expose systemic wrongs, counter misinformation and spark change.

Our journalists dig deep, and we focus on serious issues affecting our society and identify new areas of investigation through research, data, whistleblowers and contacts. We are always keen to hear from individuals, journalists and organisations interested in collaborating with us.

    RCDIJ Leaks

    This is our online whistleblowing platform for users to share sensitive information and documents with RCDIJ.

    The goal is to offer confidentiality for anyone who knows of potential or executed illicit transactions, frauds, scams, corruption, environmental disasters, rights violations etc., and wants to make them public but are scared of likely detrimental repercussions.

    Here is a guide to leaking us information:

    By post

    It might seem old-fashioned, but posting documents is the safest way to get information to us anonymously. Don’t write your name or any return address on the envelope, and ideally don’t post the documents from your home, workplace or anywhere near those locations.

    By phone

    You can contact RCDIJ on +234 809 049 1377 and ask to speak to our representative Chidi Chinedu

    By email

    You can send an email to info@rcdij.org or to an individual staff member. Bear in mind that normal emails can be traced and hacked, even if you set up a new account using a fake name.