Publications

niger delta alternative manifesto

  On June 23, 2022, frontline civil society organizations, socio-cultural groups, academics, traditional rulers and individuals drawn from the Niger Delta states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Delta, Edo, Imo, Ondo and Rivers gathered at the city of Uyo in Akwa Ibom state to discuss the socio ecological issues that currently confront the…

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Human Rights

left to die: forgotten street children of calabar

This is an investigative Report by We the People into the drivers and circumstances of over 500 children who live on the streets of Calabar. The females are called ‘Lacasera girls’, a reference to their availability for sexual activities at the cost of a Lacasera drink. The boys are called ‘Skolombo’ roughly translating crackhead or…

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Energy Democracy

How REDD+, Corporate Land Grab and Government Policies are Driving the Destruction of Nigeria’s Remaining Forests

This new report by We the People examines how the promise of ‘carbon credits’ through REDD+ has led to the commodification of the largest remaining forests in Nigeria and motivated government revocation of the land rights of forest dependent communities. This has in turn, resulted in unprecedented poverty, abuses and destitution. It also shows how…
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Environment & Climate Change

Beyond Profits: Review of Host Community Provisions in Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill 2020

Chapter 3 of the 2020 Petroleum Industry Bill makes provisions for the establishment and management of a petroleum host community development trust, as a framework for the transfer of development benefits to petroleum host communities. The objectives include to foster sustainable prosperity within host communities, provide direct social and economic benefits from petroleum operations to…

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Human Rights

Rising killings

At least 48 persons were murdered in extra judicial circumstances in Rivers state between July and December 2020. We the People’s human rights accountability team recorded 31 incidents of atrocity in the period. The spate of killings reflects a general climate of insecurity and lawlessness which continues to highlight Rivers state in atrocious murders. Unfortunately,…

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Energy Democracy

Nigeria Natural Resource Charter 2019 Benchmarking Exercise Report: Precept 5-Local Impacts & Precept 11-Role of Extractive Companies

The Natural Resource Charter (NRC) is a set of principles intended for use by governments, societies, and the international community to determine how best to manage natural resource wealth for the benefit of current and future generations of citizens. The charter’s 12 precepts cover the different kinds of decisions and policies that are required to…

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Human Rights

Jaws of Death

Between November 2019 and February 2020, there was noted rise in cases of killings in River state. The period witnessed attack on and by law enforcement officers, gang killings and random murders. This report details the killings and makes a profound demand for accountability.

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Human Rights

Gang Wars

In the 31-day period of August 2019, there were 10 documented incidents of atrocity in Rivers state that resulted in 45 killings. This figure is more than double that of the previous month, indicating a further descent into insecurity in parts of the state. The spate of killings reflects a general climate of insecurity and…

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Human Rights

End of visit statement of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions on her visit to Nigeria

Between the 19th of August and the 3rd of September 2019, Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur for Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions conducted an official country visit to Nigeria. For 12 days, she examined situations of violations of the right to life by State and non-State actors; the Federal State security strategy and the…

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Human Rights

Paradise of Pedophiles

 In the last decade, there has been a tremendous increase in the number of children living in the streets of Calabar. These kids are exposed to the most horrendous conditions including forced labour and regular physical abuses. To survive each day, these kids depend only on what they can scavenge from refuse dumps, leftovers at…

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Human Rights

Death Toll

The month of July 2019 saw further reduction in cases of atrocious killings in Rivers state. The month also witnessed important interventions by the state government to address the problem of insecurity in the state as well as atrocious killings.  In the 31-day period of July 2019, We the People tracked and documented 11 incidents…

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Human Rights

KILLING FIELDS

In the 30-day period of June 2019, there were 16 documented incidents of atrocity in Rivers state that resulted in 26 killings. While this is a marked decline in the quarter, it nonetheless reflects a general climate of insecurity and lawlessness which continues to highlight Rivers state in atrocious murders.

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