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So I heard of the prison break in Kogi state.

And I thought to reflect on Nigerian Prisons now called correctional Centre.

This post is not a justification of prison break- in fact, I did not read the details of that story (because I am off the news for a bit, to clear my head).

In 2019, I was working on a documentary on the life of inmates in Kirikiri Maximum and Medium Prisons in Lagos, Nigeria.

To do that, I had to go in there myself. And I must say that there is almost nothing as “correctional” in what I saw in both prisons in terms of the quality of life.

It was worrying to see over a hundred people clamped into a tiny room. Totally dehumanizing situation.

The quality of food and water and other injustices that go in there is quite unprintable especially for the fact that there are those who are in there unjustly.

Should there be a prison reform in Nigeria?

Should the Nigerian government aim at making the prisons correctional centre as true to its meaning?

How best can they be treated to reform them and make them ready to be re-integrated back into the society should they ever make it out and back to normal life?

What are your thoughts?


Here is a link to the full documentary

Amaka Okoye

Amaka Okoye

A seasoned and an award-journalist who has practiced both in and outside of Nigeria. She has covered varied beats but her forte is Conflict and Crisis Reporting. She majors in reporting terrorism, banditry and abductions in the Northern part of Nigeria.

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