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The study investigates the provision and use of legal information among civil rights groups in oil producing communities of Nigeria. The survey research design was employed for this study. Data was gathered by questionnaire from 127 active civil rights group members spread across ten oil producing communities in three major oil producing states of Nigeria – Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers. The data obtained were analyzed using simple percentages. Findings revealed that majority of the civil rights groups members are youths with low educational background. Findings further revealed that lack of funds, lack of legal knowledge, hoarding of information, and inability to understand legal information impede access to legal information among civil rights groups. This paper concludes that provision and use of legal information provision are imperative. Recommendations are offered to improve the situation.