Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison

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Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison is a prison in Apapa, Lagos State, Nigeria.[1] It is named after the rural Kirikiri community in which it's situated in. A part of the Nigerian Prisons Service, its official capacity is 1,056.[2] It was first established in 1955. Paul Chiama of Leadership wrote that "The mention of Kirikiri first reminds any Nigerian of" this prison.[1]

As of February 1, 1990 its official capacity was 956 but it actually had 1,645 prisoners. A 1995 report by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada stated that it was "already infamous" for its overcrowding.[3] In March 2018, the United Kingdom announced it would spend $939,000 to build a new 112-bed wing, in order to facilitate the transfer of Nigerian prisoners from the UK.[4]

Some death row inmates are held at Kirikiri.[5]

As of March 2018, the prison held approximately 5,700 prisoners, 3,700 of whom had been awaiting trial for five years or more.[4]

Notable prisoners[edit]

  • Opaka Oluwatobiloba

Chief Bode George[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Chiama, Paul. "Nigeria’s Famous Prisons " (Archive). Leadership. August 7, 2015. Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  2. ^ "NIGERIAN PRISONS SERVICE PRISONS AND CAPACITIES." Nigerian Prisons Service. Retrieved on March 22, 2016.
  3. ^ "Nigeria: Information on Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, the type of prisoners kept there, on the structure of the prison, and on the treatment of prisoners." refworld, UNHCR. Retrieved on March 23, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Shirbon, Estelle; Akwagyiram, Alexis (March 8, 2018). Evans, Catherine (ed.). "UK to build prison wing in Lagos to transfer Nigerian prisoners". Reuters.
  5. ^ Whitehead, Eleanor. "Nigeria's addiction to the death sentence." Al Jazeera. August 11, 2015. Retrieved on March 22, 2016.

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