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INTRODUCTION

From its inception to date, the Nigerian Prisons Service has had 20 heads. The first seven Directors of Prisons (as the office was then termed) had British nationality.
With effect from 1st October, 1992 the office of the head of the Nigerian Correctional Service was changed from Director of Prisons to Controller-General of Prisons and the then Director of Prisons, J. O. Lily Ojo automatically became the first Controller-General of Prisons.
Then with the signing of the Nigerian Correctional Act 2019 on the 31st July, 2019, the office became Controller of Corrections. Below is a comprehensive list of all who had headed the Prisons in Nigeria, their years of entry and exit, and profile

DIRECTORS OF PRISONS (British)

 

NAME

NATIONALITY

PERIOD

1

C. W. DUNCAN

BRITISH

29/10/1920 – 01/11/1921

2

LT COL. E. L. SALIER

BRITISH

02/11/1921 – 30/03/1925

3

F. W. GARVEY

BRITISH

31/03/1925 – 18/05/1932

4

COL. V. L. MABB

BRITISH

19/05/1932 – 03/07/1946

5

R. H. DOLAN

BRITISH

04/07/1946 – 29/03/1954

6

M. C. M. K. CAREW

BRITISH

30/03/1954 – 09/01/1961

7

W. G. FRANCIS

BRITISH

10/01/1961 – 30/04/1961

DIRECTORS OF PRISONS (Nigerian)

CHIEF F. S. G. OSAGIE (Director of Nigerian Prisons 03/10/1961 – 30/04/1972)

CHIEF F. S. G. OSAGIE
03/10/1961 – 30/04/1972

J. I. ADAPOYI (Director of Nigerian Prisons 01/05/1972 – 12/09/1975)

J. I. ADAPOYI
01/05/1972 – 12/09/1975

A. A. AHMADU (Director of Nigerian Prisons 21/10/1975 – 14/01/1986)

A. A. AHMADU
21/10/1975 – 14/01/1986

MUSA A. EGU (Director of Nigerian Prisons 20/01/1986 – 31/05/1990)

MUSA A. EGU
20/01/1986 – 31/05/1990

J. O. LILY OJO (Director of Nigerian Prisons 01/06/1990 – 30/09/1992)

J. O. LILY OJO
01/06/1990 – 30/09/1992


CONTROLLERS-GENERAL OF PRISONS

J. O. LILY OJO (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 01/10/1992 – 16/01/1995)

J. O. LILY OJO
01/10/1992 – 16/01/1995

G. G. BAIDU (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 17/01/1995 – 29/02/1996)

G. G. BAIDU
17/01/1995 – 29/02/1996

I. M. JARMA (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 01/03/1996 – 31/07/2002)

I. M. JARMA
01/03/1996 – 31/07/2002

A. I. AKPAN (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 23/08/2002 – 15/02/2006)

A. I. AKPAN
23/08/2002 – 15/02/2006

A. O. U. KALU (ACTING) (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 16/02/2006 – 29/06/2006)

O. U. KALU (ACTING)
16/02/2006 – 29/06/2006

O. A. OGUNDIPE, mni, OFR (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 30/06/2006 – 31/12/2011)

O. A. OGUNDIPE, mni, OFR
30/06/2006 – 31/12/2011

ZAKARI IBRAHIM, mni, MFR (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 01/01/2012 – 21/07/2014)

ZAKARI IBRAHIM, mni, MFR
01/01/2012 – 21/07/2014

PETER E. EKPENDU, Ph.D, mni (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 05/12/2014 – 17/05/2016)

PETER E. EKPENDU, Ph.D, mni
05/12/2014 – 17/05/2016

JA’AFARU AHMED (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 17/05/2016 – DATE)

JA’AFARU AHMED
17/05/2016 – 2019

CONTROLLERS-GENERAL OF CORRECTIONS

JA’AFARU AHMED (Controller-General of Nigerian Prisons 17/05/2016 – DATE)

JA’AFARU AHMED
17/05/2016 – DATE