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 …

Wigs Without Welfare: Lawyers in Nigeria Earn Below Minimum Wage, and It isn’t Unusual

Six hundred and thirty naira (N630). This was the amount Andrew Bello, a Lagos-based lawyer, received in one of the months he worked for a law firm in Ikoyi. His total salary was supposed to be N20,000 per month, but his firm deducted N500 for each day he got to the office later than 8 …

Int’l Fact-Checking Day: How Public Figures React to Fact-checks in Nigeria and Why We Should Bother

Fact-checking no doubt has become an important area of journalism globally and is increasingly taking centre stage across many newsrooms. In Nigeria, not only are major news agencies releasing fact-checks on a regular basis, establishing fact-check desks and empowering their reporters with advanced tools for research and verification, organisations, such as Africa Check and Dubawa, …

Injustice in Ivory Tower (1-3)

Workers at the Tai Solarin College of Education are currently owed billions in salary arrears and unremitted cooperative and pension deductions by their employer-Ogun State government, from 2009 till date. Over the years, 48 of them have passed away in active service, with most of the deaths attributable to the hardship caused by the prolonged non-payment. In …

Has Electricity Generation Worsened or Improved Since 2015? We Verified

Nigeria’s top two political parties apparently disagree on how much electricity the country is currently generating compared to four years ago when the Buhari administration started. Speaking in August, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said the power sector was no longer where it used to be three years ago when “power …

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 …

The Falsehoods, Exaggerations of Nigeria’s Leading Parties at First CDD Presidential Debate

Top members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP) met in Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, on Tuesday to each convince Nigerians their parties possessed the best ideas in bringing lasting peace to the country. However, not all their claims and arguments, as The ICIR later discovered in a follow-up fact-check, are founded …

Only 8% of Nigeria’s ‘Top Universities’ Respond to E-mail Enquiries

The vast majority of Nigeria’s top universities either do not have official electronic mailing addresses or do not actively use them in responding to enquiries and requests, The ICIR has discovered.  A report published in May by The ICIR already established that the e-mailing culture among federal universities in the country is still very poor as only 13 out of …

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 …

After Receiving N34m, Buhari’s Economic Adviser Fails to Provide Research Study

The Office of the Chief Economic Adviser to the President (OCEAP), headed by Adeyemi Dipeolu, received a sum of N34 million in 2017 to fund research studies on the economy but fails to make this research available, The ICIR has learnt. In 2016, the office requested for a capital allocation of N78 million, out of …