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OAU: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU)

Coronavirus: Nigerian tertiary institutions not equipped for distance learning

In Nigeria, physical learning has been halted for the next few weeks, most likely months, depending on containment of the disease.

Coronavirus outbreak... Enugu State recorded cases for the first time

Coronavirus: Nigeria has 350 ICU beds for 200 million people

Intensive care is vital in the treatment of coronavirus, but experts estimate that one in 285,000 people in Nigeria could have access to critical treatment.

Containers at the port used to illustrate the story.

Despite Buhari’s reforms, cost of shipping goods to Nigeria still very high

According to the research, the cost of shipment to Apapa is nearly five times that of Durban, South Africa.

Pirson Warden

INVESTIGATION: Justice for Sale (III): How court clerks, prison warders, others extort hapless victims

At various stages of the Nigerian justice system, officials extort poor and helpless victims.

Imam Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye_copy_800x533

SPECIAL REPORT: How Imam, Pastor brought peace to warring Nigerian communities

The activities of the duo have motivated more people to get into voluntary and selfless conflict resolution roles.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS: Supplied Transformer @ Alagbede, Ede

INVESTIGATION: Communities suffer as abandoned multi-million naira electricity projects litter Osun

The federal government allocated 14 electrification projects to Osun State between 2015 and 2019 at the cost of N1,841,982,341. Most of them have been abandoned.

Lagos State Judiciary

Justice for Sale (II) – Extortion, Injustice prevails in Lagos Courts

“Securing bail is more difficult when we charge suspects to court. It is better you negotiate at the station and get your person released.”

Anti-Cultism Unit, Lagos State.

Justice For Sale (I): Inside Lagos Police’s fraudulent detention centre

Innocent victims are arrested and forced to pay huge sums by police officers of the anti-cultism unit.

Baboko Community Secondary School building

INVESTIGATION: How UBEC barred Kwara from accessing N7.1 billion education fund over misappropriation

Since 2013, the Universal Basic Education Commission has prevented Kwara State from accessing N7.1 billion education grants as a penalty for misappropriating N1.45 billion counterpart funds.

Bala Mohammed, Governor of Bauchi State.

EXCLUSIVE: Bauchi Gov. Bala Mohammed awards N3.6 billion contract to own company

Mr Mohammed was standing trial for corruption before his election as governor in 2019.

Tukur Buratai

EXCLUSIVE: Abba Kyari-Monguno War: Army Chief Buratai moves against NSA

The chief of army staff redeployed, without replacement, army officers at the Office of the National Security Adviser.

Obohia Road

Special Report: Inside Abia’s Broken Roads

Despite the presence of the NDDC, roads in Abia State are in deplorable conditions.

BORDER: Goods being arranged in sacks at now shut Forte Oil station, Illela, Sokoto State, for export to Niger through illegal route.

INVESTIGATION: Smuggling still rampant in Nigeria’s northwestern boundaries despite border closure

While the policy on restriction of petroleum supply to border towns is effective, smuggling still continues.

Forte Oil filling Station, Gbaji, shut in compliance with the restriction of supply of petroleum products to border communities

SPECIAL REPORT: Despite restriction on fuel supply to border communities, smuggling, extortion still rife

While the government’s embargo on fuel supply to communities 20 kilometres within the country’s land borders has not entirely stopped smuggling, it has exposed residents to extortion and hardship.

Dilapidated classroom at Mmahu Secondary school

SPECIAL REPORT: Residents of Imo community suffer as NDDC abandons education, electricity, water projects

Residents say many of the projects would have improved their lives if they were completed.

electricity lines

SPECIAL REPORT: Why Nigeria’s electricity woes will remain despite Siemens’ 23,000MW target

There are indications that the lack of broad-based engagement, that involves the private sector, that leads the industry, may affect the success of the plan.

SPECIAL REPORT: How introduction of N50 charge on POS transaction threatens Financial Inclusion

“We usually charge N100 – N150 on N5000 before, but we have added N50 to it, so we collect N200. Do not forget that POS charge too is there. It is becoming challenging.”

SPECIAL REPORT: How indiscriminate location of oil facilities, regulatory failure endanger Nigerian lives

“Apart from security, there is a need for the government to locate dangerous facilities like this away from where people reside.”

Photo of the 1.2 tonnes of Seized Cocaine (credit: Business Insider)

SPECIAL REPORT: Drug Frontier: How cocaine trafficking is impacting West Africa

the report follows the trail and impacts of trafficking Latin American cocaine from West Africa into Europe.

Abdulkareem Haruna

Kidnapped and released, Nigerian journalist narrates shocking experience

The story provides rare details of the deadly abduction-for-ransom that has put many Nigerian lives in danger, with the authorities barely able to confront the threat.

Rusi Leso helping her mother process the gari

SPECIAL REPORT: Ogoni fishermen, farmers lament continued effects of environmental pollution

Farmers and fishermen lament the toll oil spills have taken on their livelihood.

Installed transformer at Mbukpa Community, Calabar South

SPECIAL REPORT: Darkness engulfs Cross River communities with abandoned NDDC power projects

“We have lived here for more than 36 years without electricity,” the traditional ruler of Ekpriko says and nods his head in regret.

UK govt’s probe uncovers massive fraud in Oyakhilome’s Christ Embassy

The UK Charity Commission indicts the church for making illegal payments worth over N827 million (£1.76 million) to companies and entities owned by some of its trustees and overseas corporates it has close relations with.

Ahmadiyya, Lagos

SPECIAL REPORT: Children suffer as Lagos fails to meet education needs of increasing population

The Lagos government says only private intervention can help solve its basic education challenges for its increasing population.

NDDC supplied 500 Kva33Kv transformer covered by weed at Inyang Itor community in Ibeno

INVESTIGATION: How abandonment of multi-million electricity projects by NDDC keeps Akwa Ibom communities in darkness

Residents say the completion of the projects would benefit them and ensure more regular supply of electricity.