IJSRP, Volume 9, Issue 10, October 2019 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Onah Oliver Onyekaneze, Adenyi Okechukwu Theophilus and Eneh Maximus Ikenna
Under the Nigerian law, prison break is an unlawful act of a prisoner forcing his or her way out of the prison. This paper examined the link between prison capture and increasing jail break in Nigeria. The specific objective of the paper was to examine the incessant prison break in Nigeria from a theoretical point of view. Using the Capture Theory of politics as our theoretical framework, and with the aid of secondary data, we therefore, argues that the Nigerian prison system has been captured by two high-stake interest groups: one, wealthy prison inmates who live like kings within the prison walls; and two, a powerful cabal within the Nigerian Prison Service authority who are involved in selling prison jobs and promotion to the highest bidders. We further argues that the capture has weakened the Nigerian prison operations and has contributed to incessant jail breaks. The paper also highlighted the way forward for the Nigerian Prison Service.