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Sun drying at Engine Hajia

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s rice mills where manual, child labour thrive

Low level of mechanisation makes rice milling in Nigeria tedious and wasteful, keeping local production at below half of potential.

One of the faculty buildings at Federal University, Wukari

SPECIAL REPORT: Eight years after, new federal university in Taraba faces infrastructural shortage

A blend of factors including insufficient funding, delays by contractors and communal crises have helped slowed projects approved for the school.

INVESTIGATION (1): Bribery, Bail For Sale… Lagos Police Station Where Innocent Civilians Are Jailed And Criminals Are Recycled

In the first of this three-part series, reporter Fisayo Soyombo uncovers how the Police pervert the course of justice in their quest for ill-gotten money.

MAN official during an interview with The ICIR in Abuja Photo Credit Olugbenga Adanikin

INVESTIGATION: Jonathan, Buhari spent N1.164 trillion on power in 8 years, yet Nigeria remains in darkness

The two past administrations invested another N1.164 trillion into the power sector through capital releases, yet homes and factories in Nigeria are yet to be provided constant electricity supply.

National Assembly

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside National Assembly’s two decades of lawmaking, scandals and looting

Members of our fourth republic National Assembly are occasionally public-spirited and at times lawless. They serve with a combination of commitment, self-centredness and atrocities

SPECIAL REPORT: For Nigeria, darkness has great cost: trillions of naira and over 59 years

After huge spending over the decades, Nigeria is only able to deliver less than 4,000 MW to 200 million people, about one-third of what Singapore supplies 5.6 million people.

Wildlife experts estimate that nine out of 10 illegally trafficked pangolins are not detected by authorities. Credit: Tsai Yao-Cheng / The Reporter

Global Investigation: Pangolins: Trafficked to Extinction

Criminal syndicates in Africa and Asia are working together — and competing — to meet the seemingly insatiable demand for pangolins in China and other markets. Over 30 journalists investigate how illegal pangolin trafficking is leading the species to become extinct.

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi. [Photo credit: The Nation]

Amidst shortcomings, TETFUND initiative helping Nigerian universities (1)

Despite apparent failings, federal funds through TETFUND are bridging infrastructure gaps in universities.

The frontage of the house Master Chisimdiri was kidnapped

SPECIAL REPORT: Four years after kidnap of toddler, suspects ‘shielded’, justice delayed

The trauma started in January 2015, when a two years old, Chisimdiri Obilor, was kidnapped from her parents’ residence in Aba.

Ikorodu Judicial Division signpost

SPECIAL REPORT: As Lagos govt fails to implement own law, physically challenged lawyers suffer

Physically challenged lawyers narrate the ordeal they pass through daily as they practice their profession in Lagos

Nigerian Breweries HQ

INVESTIGATION: How Nigerian Breweries protected its Dutch CEO suspected of corruption

Heineken suddenly transferred the Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries, Nico Vervelde, to Singapore shortly after Nigerian police interrogated him for alleged corruption.

Polio immunisation used to illustrate the story (Photo: Continental Research)

First 1000 days of life and routine immunisation in Nigeria

Research shows that 1 in 4 of the deaths that occur in children under-five in Nigeria can be prevented with the aid of vaccines.

Bashir Magashi is one of the 44 ministers inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

EXCLUSIVE: This man stole from Nigeria. Today, he’s minister in Buhari’s cabinet

That Mr Magashi became minister suggests the SSS, charged with vetting appointees to top positions, again failed to do its job well.

Electric poles and a transformer...of no use.

Abuja’s abandoned communities where residents live without basic amenities

“No road, no water, no electricity, no hospital…We are just in the FCT but we have no benefit. Politicians only come during campaigns for elections.”

A miner in Dan Marke

SPECIAL REPORT: The travails of Nigeria’s artisanal kaolin miners who toil daily to earn little

Technological gap in mining and processing impedes local production and demand for kaolin in Nigeria.

Pupils during the feeding programme

SPECIAL REPORT: How Buhari’s School Feeding Programme improves human capital, women’s financial inclusion in Katsina

Premium Times monitored the implementation of the programme in the North-west Nigerian state.

Christian Onuoha, 22, was killed by a trigger-happy police man few meters away from his family house. Photo by Patrick Egwu.

Family of man murdered by Nigerian police officer seeks justice

A police officer shot dead the 22-year-old while on a social outing with friends.

The road before Nestle

At Nigeria’s key industrial hub, huge tax means no roads

Agbara Industrial Estate host firms like Beloxxi, Unilever, Nestle, and Procter and Gamble, but lacks good roads.

Yakura and Hadiza at the detention camp in Maiduguri

Boko Haram, Ten Years On: How hundreds of girls bear brunt of insurgency

A decade of the insurgency has compounded the woes of a region that had always tagged behind other parts of Nigeria.

Tax avoidance versus tax evasion [Photo: Fox Business]

UPDATED: Mauritius Leaks: Documents, audio recording reveal Nigerian fintech giant’s tax schemes

Venture Garden Nigeria Limited, arguably Nigeria’s biggest financial technology (fintech) company, has set up shop in Mauritius, a notorious tax haven.

Some N-Power beneficiaries

SPECIAL REPORT: How N-Power beneficiaries abscond from duty, abuse opportunity in three states

The scheme, which was initiated to bring relief to thousands of youth, is being abused by some beneficiaries in Adamawa, Kano and Katsina.

LASUTH IkejaLagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

INVESTIGATION: Inside Nigeria’s haven of fake medical reports, corrupt health officials

Officials in various hospitals connive to issue health certificates without the patients passing through necessary tests.

Cattle graving on a portion of the expanse

‘Ruga’: Steeped in history of distrust, Nigeria’s botched solution for deadly conflicts

While critics of open grazing had demanded restricted pastoralism, Ruga still met opposition leading to the suspension of the programme.

How Nigerian drug stores sell drugs beyond expiry dates

UPDATED: How Nigerian drug stores sell drugs beyond expiry dates

Most drugs state expiry dates, but the WHO and other health authorities disagree on what happens to a drug after the date

Nightfall came with a feeling a hopelessness for Chris Chom and 61 other prison inmates who only had the option of practically sleeping on each other's bodies for lack of sleeping space

SPECIAL REPORT: Inside Nigeria’s prisons where thousands languish for years without trial

Data shows that most inmates in Nigerian prisons have not been convicted for the crimes for which they are being held.