R2K has introduced quick tabs like podcast, FOI Monitoring, FOI CASE Tracker etc

Quick Tab

  • Monitoring FOI Request In Nigeria

    We are committed to monitoring every FOI request in Nigeria, providing you with detailed information concerning these requests regularly


    Find out more...

  • Share Your FOI Experience 

    Let us know your FOI experiences. We are highly interested, so that we can review them with the utmost interest and give you the best responses ..


    Find out more...

  • FAQ 

    We know you have questions, get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions about Right to Know, Freedom of Information, etc...


    Find out more...

  • Campaigns 

    We seek to improve and defend the FOI act. We help to challenge oppositions to the FOI act, and we encourage good practices ..


    Find out more...

FOI Act Video Series

Right To Know Nigeria (R2K) announces the release of FOI videos titled “Understanding the FOI Act”.

Court Grants PIN, PPDC Leave to Sue NIMC over Information on National ID Card Contract

Tuesday, March 31, 2015: A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted two non-governmental organizations leave to challenge the refusal of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to provide them with the procurement records and details of the contract between the Commission and MasterCard for the payment solution contained in the new multipurpose national identity card.

Justice Evoh Chukwu issued an order granting leave to the two organizations, Paradigm Initiative for Information Technology Development (PIN) and Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), following a motion exparte brought on their behalf by Mr. Terence Vembe, a member of the Network of Freedom of Information Lawyers.

In the suit, which they filed against the NIMC; its Director-General, Mr. Chris Onyemenam; and the Attorney-General of the Federation, PIN and PPDC are seeking:

· A declaration that the failure and/or refusal of the NIMC and its Director-General to disclose or make available to them the information they requested by their letters dated September 4 and November 25, 2014 constitutes a violation of their right of access to information established and guaranteed by Sections 1(1) and 4 of the Freedom of Information Act, 2011;

· A declaration that the failure and/or refusal of the NIMC and its Director-General to disclose or make the information they requested available to them amounts to wrongful denial of access to information under Section 7(4) and (5) of the FOI Act;

· An order of mandamus compelling the NIMC and its Director-General to disclose or make available to them the procurement and Contract/Agreement records for the provision of payment solutions by MasterCard for the General Multipurpose Card, particularly all the information listed and requested by them in their letters of September 4 and November 25, 2014; and

· An order of mandamus compelling the Attorney-General of the Federation to initiate and diligently prosecute criminal proceedings against the NIMC and its Director-General for the offence of wrongful denial of access to information pursuant to Section 7(5) of the FOI Act.

In the alternative, the organizations are asking for an order of mandamus compelling the Attorney- General of the Federation to grant them or any lawyer of their choice a fiat to initiate and prosecute criminal proceedings against the NIMC for the offence of wrongful denial of access to information.

They are also claiming the sum of N1million as exemplary and aggravated damages for the unlawful violation of their right of access to information.

PIN and PPDC alleged in their suit that the NIMC and the Federal Government have formed a partnership with MasterCard under which they would impose a new identity card on every Nigerian and compel all Nigerians to participate in the financial services sector under the control of MasterCard, a foreign multinational financial services corporation headquartered in New York in the United States.


According to them, under the first phase of the programme, all Nigerians who are 16 years and older and all residents in Nigeria for more than two years will have imposed on them, the new multipurpose identity card which has 13 applications, including MasterCard’s prepaid payment technology that will impose electronic payments solutions on the card holders while the card is also expected to serve as voting card in Nigeria as early as the 2019 general elections.


PIN and PPDC are alleging that with the card, the Federal Government can terminate citizens’ and other card holders electronic financial lifelines if anything were to happen within the country, for example in the form of protests, economic downturns, insurrection, a war or if a financial institution such as MasterCard were to go bankrupt.

They also expressed the fear that there are many other reasons why the Federal Government or MasterCard can decide to turn off the electronic chip (RFID) of the card, which would render card holders stranded, especially with the existence of a powerful financial institution issuing payments electronically with a government that is supported and controlled by the United States, which would make unlimited control of the populace inevitable.

After listening to the submissions of Mr. Vembe, lawyer to PIN and PPDC, at the hearing of the motion exparte on Monday, March 30, Justice Chukwu granted the organizations’ prayers for an extension the time within which they could sue the NIMC and also granted them leave to apply for a judicial review of the NIMC’s refusal to provide them with the information they requested.

Justice Chukwu thereafter adjourned the proceedings to April 21, 2015 for hearing of the substantive suit.

Culled: Media Rights Agenda

FOI Act & Translation







toprow1"R2knigeria's effort is an example of an NGO working in partnership with government to solve a joint problem"
Dr Joe Abah (DG BPSR)


toprow1"Great job, the society should be made aware of these rights"
Ben Ali


toprow1"Very useful materials, keep up the good work!"
Promise Nwokocha



toprow1"More people need to be educated on these rights"
Samuel Ejiwunmi


toprow1"Great job with the translations, they are very accurate"
Judith Ajibade


toprow1"The videos are very educative and easy to understand"
Gilbert Nosa


toprow1"I like the professionalism and transparency of the organization"
Lawrence Ekeh


FOI Case Tracker

FOI CASE Tracker

Top Stories

CSO urges Nigerians to demand transparency, accountability from public servantsCSO urges Nigerians to demand accountability from public servants


BPSR doubts MDAs’ capacity to effect Executive OrderBPSR doubts MDAs’ capacity to effect Executive Order


NNPCWe can’t provide details on subsidy, NNPC tells Falana


SARAKI-DOGAREase of doing business: 7 in 10 MDAs lack websites, e-mails - BPSR


Godwin-Emefiele-cbnWhy we can’t tell Nigerians what Buhari spent for treatment abroad – CBN


abacha-loot-court-adjourns-cable-foundations-suit-agf-february-28Abacha loot: Court adjourns Cable Foundation’s suit against AGF till Feb 28


abacha-loot-cable-foundation-sues-agf-noncompliance-foi-actAbacha Loot: Cable Foundation sues AGF over noncompliance with FoI act


Scientists discover new continent that was hidden for 85 MILLION YEARSScientists discover new continent that was hidden for 85 MILLION YEARS


Media Series

bottom 1

Available Downloads
Get easy access to downloadable Information from our wide collection
All days

S5 Box