What are Nigerian police ranks?

What are the Nigerian police ranks? Who is a police cadet? What is the highest rank? How much do police officers earn? Just continue reading and find out more interesting information.

Nigerian police

Over 370,000 officers serve in Nigerian police. According to the new law, the force will have been increased by 300,000 by 2018. The Country police department is an extremely large organization as for not the biggest African country. It consists of thirty-six commands. They all are grouped into twelve various administrative zones and seven organs.

How to start a career?

For those who wish to connect their future with serving people as policemen, there is a special procedure. First of all, an enrollee should have a perfect physical condition, for this nearly the most important issue during the prior selection process. Having passed all exams, a person becomes Nigerian police cadet. After two years of hard training, he/she becomes a junior policeman. All enrollee should also take into consideration that people who suffer from the following will not be accepted:

  • Knock knees;
  • Speech impediment;
  • Bow legs, bent arms and knees;
  • Flat feet;
  • Deformed hands;
  • Squint eyes or defective eyesight;
  • Amputation of any body part.

Police in Nigeria

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The division of police ranks

All Nigeria police force ranks are separated between Organizational, Administrative and Authority structures. The chief police rank is the Inspector General. The lowest is the constable.

Nigerian policmen are having a rest

The Command structure is represented by twelve Nigerian police ranks. They all are legally regulated by the fifth section of the State Police Act. Now we present you the whole hierarchy of it:

  • Inspector General – is the highest rank of Nigerian Police Force. This person is in charge of everything in the country police.
  • Commissioner of Police. He is in charge of all Nigerian contingents.
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Police
  • Assistant Inspector-General of Police
  • Deputy Commissioner of Police
  • Assistant Commissioner of Police
  • Chief Superintendent of Police
  • Superintendent of Police
  • Deputy Superintendent of Police
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police
  • Inspector of Police
  • Sergeant Major
  • Sergeant
  • Corporal
  • Constable

Police officers in Nigeria

What is an average salary of a Nigerian police officer?

Let us mention not only Nigerian police officers rank, but also salaries. In 2015, a normal salary of a police Officer in Nigeria was about N56,500. That is approximately 225 US dollars. Thus, a typical Nigerian policeman annually earns for about 2,700 US dollars.

Nigerian policmen at work

By the way

The Nigeria Police has a strict administrative structure. It is generally divided into seven various departments.  Each of them is in charge for particular field of work. And though a lot of local citizens are not quite satisfied with the police work, nevertheless, many observers admit that its work has improved very much recently. And numerous criminals started to fear the police.


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