List of Prisons in Nigeria, Types, and Names

We detailed the classification, names and the full list of Prisons in Nigeria. The Prisons in Nigeria are correctional institutions which are run and administered by the Nigeria Prison Service (NPS) which is a government agency headquartered in the nation’s capital Abuja. The Agency is under the supervision and stewardship of the Ministry of Interior. The 2015 census revealed that there are about 56,700 inmates serving time within the Nigerian prisons system, although only 18,000 of them were sentenced. Interesting research into the types of prison in Nigeria.

Crime today in the modern society seems to be at an increasing rate yet only a few people are bold and giant enough to come out publicly to announce he is a criminal or one of the notorious criminal the country is in search of, all these are as a result of not wanting to go to prison, as a matter of fact, no family or home in Nigeria will be happy to have a child who is going to prison, the most important thing all Nigerian parents are scared and run from is the scene of seeing their child go to prison or been annihilated for one crime or the other.

In this post, we highlight the classification of prisons in Nigeria, according to whatever information is available about them. For the purpose of clarity, 4 major types of prisons highlighted here.

List of Prisons in Nigeria, Names, And Location

  1. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kuje, Abuja.
  2. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Suleja, Abuja.
  3. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Dukpa Farm Center, Abuja.
    1. List of Prisons in Abia State, South Eastern Nigeria
  4. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Aba
  5. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Arochukwu
  6. Federal Prison Umuahia
    1. List of Prisons in Adamawa State, North Eastern Nigeria
  7. Dumne Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  8. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Ganye Adamawa State
  9. Gombi Satelite Prison, Adamawa State
  10. Gulak Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  11. Guyuk Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  12. Hong Satellie Prison, Adamawa State
  13. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Jada, Adamawa State
  14. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Jimeta, Adamawa State
  15. Karlami Satelite Prison, Adamawa State
  16. Kijoli Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  17. Maina Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  18. Mayobelwa Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  19. Michika Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  20. Federal Prison (Medium Security)s , Mubi, Adamawa State
  21. Federal Prison (Medium Security)s, Numan, Adamawa State
  22. Shellang Satellite Prison, Adamawa State
  23. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Yola, Adamawa State.
  24. List of Prisons in Anambra State, South Eastern Nigeria
  25. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Aguata, Anambra State
  26. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Awka, Anambra State
  27. Federal Maximum Security Prison, Nnewi Anambra State
  28. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Nnewi, Anambra State
  29. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Onitsha, Anambra State
    1. List of Prisons in Akwa Ibom State, Southern Nigeria
  30. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Abak, Akwa Ibom State
  31. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Eket, Akwa Ibom State
  32. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Ikot Abasi, Akwa Ibom State
  33. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Ikot- Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State
  34. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Uyo, Akwa Ibom State
    1. Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria
  35. Alkaleri Satellite Prison, Bauchi State.
  36. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Azare, Bauchi State.
  37. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  38. Burra Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  39. Darazo Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  40. Gamawa Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  41. Katagun Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  42. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Misau, Bauchi State.
  43. Federal Maximum Security Prison Jama’are, Bauchi State.
  44. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ningi, Bauchi State.
  45. Shira Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  46. Tafawa Balewa Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  47. Tora Satellite Prison, Bauchi, Bauchi State.
    1. List of Prisons in Bayelsa State, Southern Nigeria
  48. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Okaka, Bayelsa State.
    1. List of Prisons in Benue State, Northern Nigeria
  49. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gboko, Benue State
  50. Federal Maximum Security Prison, Makurdi, Benue State.
  51. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Otukpo, Benue State.
    1. List of Prisons in Borno State, North Eastern Nigeria
  52. Askira Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  53. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Bama, Borno State.
  54. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Biu, Borno State.
  55. Damasak Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  56. Gamboru-Ngala Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  57. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gwoza, Borno State.
  58. Konduga Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  59. Kukawa Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  60. Kumshe Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  61. Kwayakusar Satellite Prison, Borno State.
  62. Maiduguri Farm Center Prison, Borno State.
  63. Maximum Security Prison, Maiduguri, Borno State.
  64. Mongolono Satelite Prison, Borno State.
  65. New Maiduguri Prison, Borno State.
  66. Shani Satellite Prison, Borno State.
    1. List of Prisons in Cross River State, Southern Nigeria
  67. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Adim Farm, Cross River State.
  68. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Calabar, Cross River State.
  69. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ikom, Cross River State.
  70. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Obubra, Cross River State.
  71. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Obudu, Cross River State.
  72. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Ogoja, Cross River State.
    1. List of Prisons in Delta State, Southern Nigeria
  73. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Agbor, Delta State.
  74. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kwale, Delta State.
  75. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ogwuashi-Ukwu, Delta State.
  76. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Sapele, Delta State.
  77. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Okere, Warri, Delta State.
    1. List of Prisons in Ebonyi State, South Eastern Nigeria
  78. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Abakiliki, Ebonyi State.
  79. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Afikpo, Ebonyi State.
    1. List of Prisons in Enugu State,South Eastern Nigeria
  80. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Auchi
  81. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ibite-Olo Farm
  82. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Nsukka
  83. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Oji River
    1. List of Prisons in Edo State, Southern Nigeria
  84. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Auchi
  85. New Benin Prison, Edo State,
  86. Old Benin Prison,
  87. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ogba Farm,
  88. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ozalla Farm,
  89. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ubiaja
    1. List of Prisons in Ekiti State, South Western Nigeria
  90. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ado-Ekiti
    1. List of Prisons Gombe State, Northern Nigeria
  91. Bajora Satellite Prison, Gombe State.
  92. Billiri Satellite Prison, Gombe State.
  93. Cham Satellite Prison, Gombe State.
  94. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gombe State.
  95. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Tula, Gombe State.
    1. List of Prisons in Imo State, South Eastern Nigeria
  96. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Okigwe
  97. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Orreh Farm
  98. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Owerri
    1. List of Prisons in Jigawa State, Northern Nigeria
  99. Birnin Kudu Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  100. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Birnin Kudu Farm, Jigawa State.
  101. Dutse Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  102. Garki-Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  103. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gumel, Jigawa State.
  104. Gwaram Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  105. Hadejia New Prison, Jigawa State.
  106. Jahum Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  107. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kazaure, Jigawa State.
  108. Kiyawa Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
  109. Ringim Satellite Prison, Jigawa State.
    1. List of Prisons in Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria
  110. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Birnin Gwari, Kaduna State.
  111. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Borstal, Kaduna State.
  112. Gwantu Satellite Prison, Kaduna State.
  113. Ikara Satellite Prison, Kaduna State.
  114. Kachia Satellite Prison, Kaduna State.
  115. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  116. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
  117. Kakuri Prison Camp, Kaduna State.
  118. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kujama Farm, Kaduna State.
  119. Kwoi Satellite Prison, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  120. Makarfi Satellite Prison, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  121. Manchok Satellite Prison, Kaduna State.
  122. Saminaka Satellite Prison, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  123. Soba Satellite Prison, Kaduna, Kaduna State.
  124. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Zaria, Kaduna State.
    1. List of Prisons in Kano State, Northern Nigeria
  125. Bichi Satellite Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  126. Dawakin Tofa Satellite Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  127. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Goron Dutse, Kano State.
  128. Gwarzo New Satellite Prison, Kano State.
  129. Kano Central Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  130. Kiru Satellite Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  131. Rano Satellite Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  132. Sumaila Satellite Prison, Kano, Kano State.
  133. Tudun Wada Satellite Prison, Kano State.
  134. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Wudil, Kano State.
    1. List of Prisons in Katsina State, Northern Nigeria
  135. Old Daura Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  136. Dutsinma Satellite Prison, Katsina State.
  137. Ingawa Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  138. Jibia Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  139. Kankia Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  140. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Katsina, Katsina State.
  141. Malumfashi Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  142. Mani Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
  143. New Maximum Security Prison, Funtua, Katsina State.
  144. Musawa Satellite Prison, Katsina, Katsina State.
    1. List of Prisons in Kebbi State, Northern Nigeria
  145. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Argungu, Kebbi State.
  146. Bagundu Satellite Prison, Kebbi State.
  147. Jega Satellite Prison, Kebbi State.
  148. Kamba Satellite Prison, Kebbi State.
  149. Kangiwa Satellite Prison, Kebbi State.
  150. New Kebbi Prison, Kebbi State.
  151. Old Kebbi Prison, Kebbi State.
  152. Wara Satellite Prison, Kebbi State.
  153. Federal Prison (Medium Security), YElwa Yauri, Kebbi State.
  154. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Zuru, Kebbi State.
    1. List of Prisons in Kogi State, Nigeria.
  155. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ankpa, Kogi State.
  156. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Dekina, Kogi State.
  157. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Idah, Kogi State.
  158. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kabba, Kogi State.
  159. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Koton-Karfe, Kogi State.
  160. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Okene. Kogi State.
    1. List of Prisons in Kwara State, Northern Nigeria
  161. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ilorin, Kwara State.
  162. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Mandala (New Ilorin) Kwara State.
  163. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Lafiagi, Kwara State.
  164. Federal Maximum Security Prison, Omu-Aran, Kwara State.
    1. List of Prisons in Lagos State, South Western Nigeria
  165. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Badagry, Lagos State.
  166. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ikoyi, Lagos State.
  167. Maximum Security Prison, KiriKiri, Lagos State.
  168. Medium Security Prison, Kirikiri, Lagos State.
  169. Kirikiri Women’s Prison, Lagos State.
    1. List of Prisons in Nasarawa State, Northern Nigeria
  170. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Lafia, Nassarawa State.
  171. Maximum Security Prison, Keffi, Nassarawa State.
  172. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Nassarawa State.
  173. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Keffi, Nassarawa State.
  174. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Wamba, Nassarawa State.
    1. List of Prisons Niger State, Northern Nigeria
  175. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Agaie, Niger State.
  176. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Bida, Niger State.
  177. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kagara, Niger State.
  178. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Lapai Niger State.
  179. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Minna, Niger State.
  180. Maximum Security Prison, Kotongora, Niger State.
  181. Maximum Security Prison, Minna, Niger State.
  182. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Bussa (New) Niger State.
    1. List of Prisons in Ogun State, South Western Nigeria
  183. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Abeokuta, Ogun State.
  184. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State.
  185. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.
  186. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ilaro, Ogun State.
  187. New Maximum Security Prison, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
  188. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Shagamu, Ogun State.
    1. List of Prisons in Ondo State, South Western Nigeria
  189. Federal Female Prison, Ondo State.
  190. Maximum Security Prison, Akure, Ondo State.
  191. Maximum Security Prison, Ondo State.
  192. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Okitipupa, Ondo State
  193. Federal Prison (Medium Security),Owo, Ondo State.
    1. List of Prisons in Osun State, South Western Nigeria
  194. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ile-Ife, Osun State.
  195. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ilesa, Osun State.
    1. List of Prisons in Oyo State, South Western Nigeria
  196. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Agodi, Oyo State.
  197. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ogbomosho Farm, Oyo State.
  198. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Oyo, Oyo State.
    1. List of Prisons in Plateau State, Nigeria.
  199. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Jos, Plateau State.
  200. Lakushi Farm Prison, Plateau State.
  201. Lamingo Prison Camp, Plateau State.
  202. Federal Prison (Medium Security) Langtang, Plateau State.
  203. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Pankshin, Plateau State.
  204. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Shedam, Plateau State.
  205. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Wase, Plateau State.
    1. List of Prisons in Rivers State, Southern Nigeria
  206. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Ahoada, Rivers State.
  207. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Degema, Rivers State.
  208. Elele Farm Prison, Rivers State.
  209. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Port Hacourt.
    1. List of Prisons in Sokoto State, Northern Nigeria
  210. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Farm Center, Bissalam, Sokoto State.
  211. Gwadabawa Satellite Prison, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
  212. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Sokoto, Sokoto State.
  213. Tambuwal Satellite Prison, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
  214. Wurno Satellite Prison, Sokoto, Sokoto State.
    1. List of Prisons in Taraba State, Northern Nigeria
  215. Baissa Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  216. Bali Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  217. Gassol Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  218. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gembu, Taraba State.
  219. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Jalingo, Taraba State.
  220. Karin- Lamido Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  221. Lau Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  222. M/Biyu Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  223. New Wukari Prison, Taraba State.
  224. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Taraba State.
  225. Takum Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
  226. Zing Satellite Prison, Taraba State.
    1. List of Prisons in Yobe State, Northern Nigeria
  227. Dahagun Satellite Prison, Yobe State.
  228. Damaturu Satellite Prison, Yobe State.
  229. Dapchi Satellite Prison, Yobe State.
  230. Fika Satellite Prison, Yobe State.
  231. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Gashua, Yobe State.
  232. Geidam Satellite Prison, Yobe State.
  233. Maximum Security Prison, Pokitsum, Yobe State.
  234. Federal Prison (Medium Security), Nguru, Yobe State.
    1. List of Prisons in Zamfara State, Northern Nigeria
  235. Gumi Satellite Prison, Zamfara State.
  236. Maximum Security Prison, Gusau, Zamfara State.
  237. Kaura Namoda Satellite Prison, Zamfara State.
  238. Maru Satellite Prison, Zamfara State.
  239. Talata Mafara Satellite, Zamfara State.

The following above are the list of prisons in Nigeria in which they vary in capacity and type of criminals that is being sent to these prisons. Take for example most political or ex-official that are found wanting in one way or the other are being sent o Kuje prison why notorious offenders like armed robbers, hired assassins, kidnappers are been sent to Kirikiri maximum prison to be under close and tight surveillance so as to avoid the criminal to escape and also to keep a very close sanctions on the criminal if he can be rehabilitated to be useful for the society at large.

Classification Of Types Of Prisons In Nigeria

  • Maximum Security Prisons,
  • Medium Security Prisons (Federal Prison (Medium Security)s),
  • Minimum Security Prisons (Satellite Prisons) and
  • Female Prisons.

The Types of Prisons are often indicated in the names. So to know the type of prison just follow the name code.  

List Of Prisons In Nigeria
Types Of Prison In Nigeria

Brief Things to Know About Two Popular Prisons In Nigeria

Federal Prison (Medium Security), Kuje.: This is a high profile type of prison in Nigeria and has housed many political figures over the years. Although not many of the political figures were sentenced at the time, they were usually remanded in Kuje prison while their cases were pending in court. Some of the high profile lodgers in Kuje prison include Umaru Fintiri- former acting governor of Adamawa state. Sambo Dasuki the former National Security Adviser, Olisah Metuh – Spokesman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, Olusola Amosu – former Chief of Air Staff, Femi Fani Kayode- a former minister of Aviation, Alex Badeh-former Chief of Defense Staff, Abba Moro – former Minister of Interior, Uche Secondus- National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Raymond Dokpesi- high ranking member of the People’s Democratic Party and Owner of DAAR Communications PLC, Lawal Isa Jafaru- former governor of Kaduna state.

Maximum Security Prison, KiriKiri, Lagos State.: This is another famous prison in Nigeria, partly because of its public executions during the 80s and 90s, and partly because it has been home to a number of political figures too many to mention.

As the common saying in a society where there is no law, there is no crime, which literally connotes no society can stay without having a backing or standing orders to promote peace, unity and avoid any form of rowdiness in the society. Many nations today enjoy the peace the nation deserves due to checks and taking law and punishment into full practice, many offenders have been prosecuted and sanction appropriately according to how the constitution stipulates it.

It will be of great importance to know, many offenders are not just killed or fined just like it occurs to many, many are kept in the prison for some years according to the level of their offenses. Today we will be writing on the type of prison in Nigeria


A prison is a place that is well constructed to keep and prevent the offender from having free access to the larger society. Also, it can be seen as a place where punishment is meted out to the various offender or people who go against the law and order of a particular country. Over the years, offenders have been given instant judgment that varies from killing, fine, flog or other appropriate order given but some still find way of going back to the offense they were punished for not too long, so as to keep offender out of reach and out of their comfort zones where they can easily melt out evil to their neighbors, a prison was suggested to keep such offenders.


The history and overview of Nigeria prison cannot be discussed without making mention of the invention of 1861 government establishment which was clearly the existence of formal government in Nigeria after Lagos was named the colony of Lagos then. Immediate after the establishment of a governing body in the nation, there was the establishment of the police force, and also four courts in Lagos. Establishment of these force and courts were to look into issues that might arise from a trade, slave trade and menial issues. Not too long after series of cases were treated, there was a need for the prison to keep offenders, in 1872 there was the establishment of a prison in Lagos which is known as the broad street prison.

Further development was seen after the British were on high move to Nigeria under the leadership of the British empires, as there was resistance from the people and the best way to keep these people under watch is to have a place to keep them as an erring member of the society so as to deter others from joining the force. By the year 1910, there are erected structure for prison in Ibadan, Calabar, Degma, etc.

Still On The Types Of Prison In Nigeria


This is the body responsible solely for the keeping of the prison records, oversee the affairs of all the prison in Nigeria. They are responsible for the feeding of the inmate and to list out the record of those to be killed by hanging and see to serving of punishment by offenders. This body has undergone a series of development up to the current state it is, currently it has offices in over the 36 states of the country and also different subcommands in different local governments and about 144 prisons, also different farms where they take prisons to work on, also, they are having prisons college where they train warders and different prisons officials    


  • To keep an offender in the close look of officials
  • To rehabilitate gross offenders
  • To reduce the numbers of criminals and offenders in the street
  • Avoid further loose of properties


In Nigeria, prison compares to other countries prison, no criminal which to go to any of these prisons just because of the way the prisons look like and the setup of the prisons. Lack of good food for inmates, bad accommodation as most room are leaking and lack furniture where an inmate can take rest. Also, the manner of health facilities present in Nigeria prison today is as bad as 1900 century prions. No relaxation and games to keep inmates lively.


Conclusion On The List Of Prison In Nigeria, Names, And Types

We have close look at the classification of prison in Nigeria, the full list, names, what prisons are and management that is in charge of the prisons. Also, we have discussed the major purpose why prisons are been set up in addition we have to write about the just a brief history about Nigerian prisons and how they got to existence.

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