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SPECIAL REPORT: Nigeria recorded 21 jailbreaks in seven years: Data

A total of twenty-one (21) prison attacks (jailbreaks) have occurred in Nigeria between 2015 and 2022, a period of seven years. 

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A total of twenty-one (21) prison attacks (jailbreaks) have occurred in Nigeria between 2015 and 2022, a period of seven years. 

According to data by Hope Behind Bars Africa, a civic tech organisation, said out of the twenty-one jailbreaks, thirteen (13) were successful while eight (8) were unsuccessful.

The organisation also said a total of 6,611 escapees were recorded.

On Tuesday night, members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) attacked Kuje correctional centre in the federal capital territory (FCT), which led to the destruction of facilities, 4 inmates were recorded dead and 16 inmates were recorded to have sustained various degrees of injuries while 879 inmates escaped. The Kuje facility had earlier been on June 24, 2016.

Though, 443 have been recaptured, according to the spokesman of the Nigerian Correctional Serice (NCS), Abubakar Umar.

On November 28, 2021—Jos Correctional Centre was attacked —879 inmates escaped.

On October 22, 2021—Abolongo Correctional Centre was attacked —837 inmates escaped.

Kabba Correctional Centre in Kogi was attacked on September 13, 2021. According to the data, 240 inmates escaped.

Again, Jos Correctional Centre was attacked on July 19, 2021. 262 inmates fled the facility. 

On April 22, 2021—Kurmawa Correctional Centre in Kano state was attacked. No inmate was recorded missing.

On April 15, 2021—Ubalaja Correctional Centre in Edo state was attacked.

In Bauch, Bauchi Correctional Centre was attacked on April 9, 2021.

Other jailbreaks also include the attack on Owerri Correctional Centre in Imo state on April 4, 2021—leaving several properties at the facility destroyed while 1,844 inmates escaped.

On October 22, 2020—Ikoyi Correctional Centre in Lagos state was attacked. On the same day, Afara Correctional Centre in Abia state; Warri Correctional Centre in Delta state; and Okitipupa Correctional Centre in Ondo state were also attacked.

On October 19, 2020—Oko and Benin Correctional Centres in Edo state were attacked. 1993 inmates were recorded to have escaped.

On June 3, 2018—200 inmates escaped after Minna Correctional Centre was attacked.

On December 27, 2017—36 inmates fleed from the Ekot Ekpene Correctional Centre in Akwa-Ibom were attacked.

Others include Abakaliki Correctional Centre was attacked on August 18, 2016. On August 8, 2016—it was the turn of Nsukka Correctional Centre which recorded the escape of 15 inmates.

On July 29, 2016—Koton-Karte Correctional Centre in Kogi state was attacked with 13 inmates fleeing the facility. 

On February 2, 2015—Afokang Correctional Centre was attacked. 

Though, some of the escapees have been recaptured at one time or the other.

What the data means

Going by the dates of the attacks, 20 took place during the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, a retired Army general who promised to secure Nigerians and their properties in the build-up to the 2015 general elections.

Insecurity has arguably spread across the country with the increase in the number of kidnappings, attacks, killings and robberies under the watch of Mr Buhari. 

It seems those behind the insecurity do not spear President Buhari as his advanced convoy who were on the way to his country home was attacked earlier in the week—the same day Kuje prison was attacked.

The data used in this story is from HBBA Research & News Sources, culled from Hope Behind Bars Africa infographics.

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