Pushed Beyond Borders: A Peek into the Dark World of Child Trafficking Between Benin and Nigeria

When Beninese parents are pushed to the wall due to poverty and the burden of caring for too many children, they often send their wards to neighbouring Nigeria with the help of traffickers to earn extra income. In part one of this investigative series,  ‘Kunle ADEBAJO tells the story of what lies on the other …

Life in Ogoniland Still Cruel as Ever Three Years After Cleanup’s Launch

For a year and three months, Veronica Aloy Khenom worked tirelessly on her okra and cassava farm, just adjacent her home in Gokana, one of four local government areas in Ogoniland. One bright afternoon towards the end of January, she returned to finally gather the produce. But what she met was disappointing—though unsurprising. Since constant …

Not Too Young to Scam: The Worrisome Story of Adolescent ‘Yahoo Boys’ in Ogun State

Olamide is only 17 years old, but not only does he have a lot of internet fraudsters in his circle of friends, but he is also considering trying his hand on the line of work too. For now, he helps his mom by hawking oranges, sold in packs of three or four. From morning till …

Kogi Flood Victims Who Lost Everything are Still Homeless, Broke Despite Govt. Promise

“We have not seen flooding like it occurred this year,” said most victims of the recent flooding incident in the North-central part of Nigeria. The disaster is reported to have afflicted hundreds of thousands of Nigerians across different states, leaving many dead and many more displaced. For four days, The ICIR‘s ‘Kunle ADEBAJO visited  Niger and …

Built but Forsaken: How Akufo Health Centre has Become a Refuge for Goats

Bisola (not real name), a young mother of three, has lived in Akufo, a town in Oyo State, all her life. She nearly died when she gave birth to her last born on a Sunday two years ago as she had to be taken to Adeoyo State Hospital, about 30 kilometres away. The situation was …

Toluwalase Community: One Dark Spot on Nigeria’s Map

Well over a million people live in the Toluwalase community of Oyo State, according to the residents.  But the 2006 census, which forms the baseline for population estimates in Nigeria, did not capture this sprawling community. The people were however less worried about this markdown until it started manifesting bigger problems. The ICIR’s Kunle Adebajo, who …