In the early hours of Monday, news broke out that there has been a prison break in Owerri, Imo state's correctional facility and the state's CID was set ablaze. The correctional facility has 2156 inmates against its capacity of 548 people. Well, this is also one of the factors that propagated the prison break.
But with this recent occurrence, which prison break have been the biggest in the history of Nigeria. Let's find out in this ascending list of the top 7 biggest Prison Breaks in Nigeria:
7. Kogi prison break.
This incident which happened on 2 November, 2014 resulted in the escape of 144 prisoners.
6. Ondo prison break.
On 30 June, 2013, it was reported that the Olokuta Medium Security Prison in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, Nigeria was attacked by 50 unknown gunmen suspected to be Armed robbers and a total of 175 prisoners escaped.
5. Edo prison break.
This incident which happened in the Benin Correctional Center, Edo, on 19 October, 2020, had 200 prisoners that escaped.
4. Minna prison break.
On 6 December, 2014, Minna medium prison was attacked by 3 unknown gunmen suspected to be armed robbers and 270 prisoners escaped.
3. Ekiti prison break.
On 30 November, 2014, another attack on the federal prison at Ado Ekiti, Ekiti, by 60 unknown gunmen was reported. This attack resulted in the escape of 341 prisoners.
2. Bauchi prison break.
On 7 September, 2010, a prison break was reported in Bauchi prison in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi by 50 gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram . This attack resulted in the escape of 721 prisoners.
1. Owerri prison break.
On 5 April, 2021, about 1500 prisoners have been estimated to escape from the Owerri correctional facility.
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