Information on Benin City, Benin Prison and the training and command structure of the guards employed there [NGA17168.E]

Sources currently available to the DIRB do not provide information on the training and command structure of the guards employed in Benin Prison.

The attachments from Encyclopedia of the Third World and The Europa World Year Book 1993 provide information on the size of population of Benin City. Additional information on this city is currently unavailable to the DIRB.

The attached section of Behind the Wall, which provides information on Nigerian prisons, makes reference to Benin Prison.

This response was prepared after researching publicly accessible information currently available to the DIRB within time constraints. This response is not, and does not purport to be, conclusive as to the merit of any particular claim to refugee status or asylum.


Civil Liberties Organization. June 1991. Behind the Wall: A Report on Prison Conditions in Nigeria and the Nigerian Prison System, pp. 1-16, 44.

The Europa World Year Book 1993. 1993. Vol. 2. London: Europa Publications Ltd., p. 2153.

Encyclopedia of the Third World. 1992. 4th ed. Vol. 2. Edited by George Thomas Kurian. New York: Facts On File, p. 1433.

Sources Consulted

Amnesty International country file (Nigeria).

Africa South of the Sahara. 1990.

Africa Contemporary Record 1988-89.

News from Africa Watch. 1990-1993.

Africa Watch. October 1991. Nigeria on the Eve of "Change": A Transition to What?

Countries of the World and their Leaders Yearbook 1994. 1994.

Civil Liberties Organization (Lagos, Nigeria). March 1991. The Executive Lawlessness in the Babangida Regime.