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Official Nigerian Police Ranking System, Salaries & Departments (2020)

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This post outlines Nigeria Police ranking system, i.e Ranks in the Nigeria Police Force and also the various departments in the police.

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The Nigerian Police official duty is to protect and safeguard the lives and property of Nigerians, ensuring that law and order is maintained in the society. It is also their job to arrest law breakers and execute with integrity and without bias the law.  These they do in cognizance with the three arms of government in Nigeria.

Also note that the Police in Nigeria is under the executive arm of government and salaries are paid according to ranks. To start a career in the Nigerian Police as a policeman or police woman, you have to be aware of the ranks in the Nigerian police and various departments and units.

Below are the different ranks that exists in the Nigeria Police, from the highest rank to the lowest rank of the NPF.

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Ranking System of the Nigeria Police

1. Inspector General of Police (IGP)- highest rank in the Nigeria Police

2. Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG)- second in Command of the Nigeria Police.

3. Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG)

4. Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the police in the state level according to Section 5 of the Police Act. Reports directly to the Inspector General of Police.

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5. Deputy Commissioner Of Police (DCP)

6. Assistant Commissioner Of Police (ACP)

7. Chief Superintendent Of Police (CSP)

8. Superintendent Of Police (SP)

9. Deputy Superintendent Of Police (DSP)

10. Assistant Superintendent Of Police (ASP)

11. Cadet Superintendent Of Police.

12. Inspector

13. Sergeant (the lowest rank in the Nigerian Police)

Administrative Structure of the Nigerian Police and Functions

The administrative structure of the Nigeria police is divided into seven departments with special functions and duties. The departments are from A to G.

Below is the functions of the Administrative department of the Nigerian police.

  • A Department: serves as the administrative unit of the force, coordinates and supervises the remaining departments that exists in the Nigeria Police.
  • B Department: monitors internal security activities and operations all over the nation.
  • C Department: deals on logistics and supply of equipment used in the operations of the Nigerian Police. Uniforms, weapons, guns, batons, e.t.c.
  • D Department: deals with matters related to criminal investigation and intelligence, homicide, forensic matters and records, narcotics e.t.c.
  • E Department: This is the training unit of the Nigerian Police. Training like coupling of weapons (guns and ammunition), equipment training, field training, riot quelling e.t.c.
  • F Department: deals with information management and planning. They are the Inspectorate Division of the NPF.
  • G Department: ICT department of the Nigeria police that deals with all computer related matters and policies.

Chain of Command in the Nigerian Police

The Nigeria Police has a well organised chain of command. With different stations situated around the country, the policies and programms of the Inspection General of Police on effective policing is sure to reach the grassroots.  The office of the IGP is situated in Abuja, Force Headquarters, Louis Eden House.

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There are also 6 zonal headquarters of the Nigerian police located in each geopolitical zones in Nigeria. Although, each state of the federation have their own State Command Headquarters controlled by the Commissioner of Police, their is also the presence of the Area Command Headquarters that oversees the activities of the Divisional Police Headquarters who in turn supervises the smaller Police stations in the country.

Finally, there is also a small unit of the police station in Nigeria called the Police Post or the Village police post. They are mostly found in the rural areas and villages.

Nigerian Police Ranks and their Salaries

The Nigerian Police Salary structure is one thing the Federal Government should look into because it is so unfair that officers who risk their lives in trying to get rid of crime in the society are not being paid well. The Police in Nigeria are paid according to their ranks.

This post will list out Nigerian Police ranks and their salaries. Please bear in mind that the figures is subject to change. The highest ranking officer in the Nigerian Police is the Inspector General of Police (I.G) who is also the highest paid Nigerian police officer while the lowest rank in the Police force is the recruit and is the lowest paid in the Force.

Below is the monthly salary of a Nigerian Police officer

List of Nigerian Police Officers Ranks and their Salaries

1. Police Recruit salary per month – N9,019.42

2. Police Constable salary per month -N43, 293.80

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3. Police Corporal salary per month – N44,715.53

4. Police Sergeant salary per month – N48,540.88

5 Sergeant Major salary per month – N55,144.81

6. Cadet Inspector salary per month – N73,231.51

7. Assistant Superintendent Of Police salary per month – N127,604.68

9. Deputy Superintendent Of Police salary per month -N148,733.29

10. Superintendent Of Police salary per month – N161,478.29

11. Chief Of Superintendent Of Police salary per month – N172,089.06

12. Assistant Commissioner Of Police salary per month – N183,185.73

13. Deputy Commissioner Of Police salary per month – N242,715.65

14. Commissioner Of Police salary per month – N266,777.79

15. An Assistant Inspector General Of Police salary per month – N499,751.87

16. Deputy Inspector General Of Police salary per month – N546,572.73

17. Inspector General Of Police, (IGP) salary per month -N711,498

These are monthly salary structure of Nigerian police officers according to their ranks from the Police recruit to the IGP’s salary listed above. What is your take on the salaries of the Nigerian police?

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