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Buhari ignores own promise, appoints 10 aides for office of wife of president, VP

The Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government has appointed several aides for the “Offices of the Wife of the President” and that of the Vice President’s wife, despite his promise to scrap the offices. Buhari, in an interview he granted to Weekly Trust in December 2014, had said he would not have…

Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun (Photo Credit: Pulse.ng)

How Adeosun, FG ignored Nigerians week after certificate forgery scandal

Kemi Adeosun, Minister of Finance, has refused to comment on the allegation that she skipped the one-year mandatory national youth service but instead she forged an exemption certificate. Also, the federal government has kept silent on the matter – one week after the story broke. The ICIR contacted Femi Adesina, Special…

Federal govt moves to safeguard $20 billion remitted by Nigerians in Diaspora

Dominic Offiong, 54, had one thing in mind when he relocated to the United States of America, USA in 1998. Although he was looking for greener pastures, he promised himself he would one day return home to settle down. As a medical doctor, his dream had always been to build…

Codeine

INVESTIGATION: How drug addiction threatens a generation of Northern Nigerian women (Part 2)

According to the 2015 annual report of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, the north-west topped the table of arrests for drug related offences for that year, with a total of 2,205 persons, beating the south-west which recorded 1,785 arrests. The north-central followed with 1,605 while the south-south, south-east…

INVESTIGATION: How drug addiction threatens a generation of Northern Nigerian women (Part 1)

The reporter had to be introduced as an NGO worker helping children and women, to get her to agree to a meeting. Even then, she extracted a promise that she would be given “something” before she settled down for a chat. She looked cheerful but shy and carried her lean…

INVESTIGATION: Ecological Funds: How Billions Go Down The Drain

It was late in the evening in August 2014 and most traders at the famous Makera iron fabrication market in Gombe State were hurriedly packing their wares into their shops as they closed for the day. It was about to rain and the sky had darkened. Just a few metres…

INVESTIGATION: How N16billion mass transit SURE-P fund was squandered

Over N16 billion of Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) funds released by the Goodluck Jonathan administration in 2012 for the Public Mass Transit Revolving Fund (PMTF) was squandered, the International Centre for Investigative Reporting icirnigeria.org has found. The fund, administered as a revolving loan by The Infrastructure Bank (TIB) was given…

Nigerian Military covers up killing of soldiers by Boko Haram

The icirnigeria.org can authoritatively report that, contrary to claims by the military authorities, scores of Nigerian soldiers were, indeed, killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Gudumbali in Borno State on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Information at the disposal of this website, including a video clip of the aftermath of the…

Cameroonian Journalists Union, CPJ, Others Condemn Arrest Of Nigerian-Based Journalist

The President of the Cameroon Journalism Trade Union, Dennis Nkwebo, has condemned the arrest of a Nigerian-based Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, who is being detained by the country’s military authorities on charges of espionage. The President of the Cameroon Union of Journalists, Charles Ndi Chia, and the Committee for the…

N17 Million bribe lands Onyeka Onwenu’s aide in jail

By Samuel Malik One of Nigeria’s foremost celebrities, Onyeka Onwenu, has been accused of demanding and collecting kickbacks through her personal assistant, Chika Abazu, from a contractor employed to carry out renovation works at the National Centre for Women Development [NCWD], where she is director general. The accusation was levelled…

Chibok girls are in Gwoza, says freed Boko Haram abductee

By Samuel Malik Over 200 girls abducted in Chibok in April 2014 are being held in Gwoza town in Borno State, a woman who was recently released by the Boko Haram sect has told the icirnigeria.org. She said she was held in the same location as the abducted Chibok girls.…

INVESTIGATION: Grim tales of rape, child trafficking in Nigeria’s displaced persons camps

By Charles Dickson On a bed at the female ward of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital laid a 15-year-old girl in an evidently bad state. Her face and head were bandaged, leaving slits through which only a bruised eye and swollen lips were visible. On her body were clearer…