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Nigerian Police: Ranks & New Salary Structure

The Nigeria Police Force is the principal law enforcement agency in Nigeria with staff strength of about 371,800. There are currently plans to increase the force to 650,000, adding 280,000 new recruits to the existing 370,000. The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is a very large organization consisting of 36 State commands grouped into 12 zones and 7 administrative organs. The agency is currently headed by IGP Ibrahim Kpotun Idris.  

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The NPF was first established in 1820. The first person to have the highest rank in all the police is commissioner general colonel KK. In 1879, a 1,200-member armed paramilitary Hausa Constabulary was formed. In 1896, the Lagos Police was established. A similar force, the Niger Coast Constabulary, was formed in Calabar in 1894 under the newly proclaimed Niger Coast Protectorate.

Nigeria Police Headquarter is located at Louis Edet House, Area 11, Garki, Abuja FCT Nigeria.. The NPF website is

Nigeria Police New Salary Structure

Nigeria Police

In this article, we shall look at the Nigerian Police new Salary structure to expose how much a Nigerian Police officer will be earning monthly and yearly.

Structure of Nigeria Police Force

The structure of the Nigeria Police Force is provided in section 214 (2)(a) and 215(2) of the 1999 Constitution and it is as follows

  • Inspector General
  • Deputy Inspector-General of Police
  • Assistant Inspector-General of Police
  • Commissioner 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

Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of President M. Buhari has on the 26th of November 2018 approved a new salary structure. The approval was announced during an audience in State House, Abuja with members of the Nigeria Police Service Commission (NPC) and the leadership of the Police Force led by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

With the approval, salary, allowances and pension of policemen will be increased. The police new salary and rent structure approved took effect from 1st November and would be funded from the treasury.

Nigerian Police Ranks and New Salary Structure

 The Breakdown of Police New Salary;

  • Commissioner of Police under the new arrangement will get up to N1.5 million/month
  • Deputy Commissioners of Police gets N531,000/month
  • Assistant Commissioners of Police will get paid  N483,000/month
  • A Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP) gets N419, 000 /month
  • Superintendent of Police (SP) receives upto N342, 000/month
  • A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) gets N321, 000/month
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) 1 will get N296,000/month
  • Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP II under the new arrangement get N271,000/month
  • Inspector of Police 1 gets N254,000/month
  • Inspector of Police II gets N167, 000/month
  • Sergeant major get N119,000/month
  • Sergeant gets N96, 000/month
  • Corporal gets N88, 000/month
  • A Police Constable I get N86,000/month
  • A Police Constable II get N84,000/month

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In January 2008, late President Umaru Yar`Adua approved an increment in the minimum wage of policemen from N6, 000 to N26, 000.

Nigerian Police Ranks and Old Salary Structure (monthly & annual Salary)

Police Recruit                                                –         N108,233        N9,019.42

Police Constable Grade Level 03         –      N43,293.83     N519,525.60

Police Constable Grade Level 10         –      N51,113.59     N613,363.08

Police Corporal on Grade Level 04 (1)  –   N44,715.53     N536,586.36

Police Corporal on Grade Level 04 (10) – N51,113.59     N613,363.08

Police Sergeant on Grade Level 05 (1)   – N48,540.88     N582,490.56

Police Sergeant on Grade Level 05 (10) – N55,973.84     N671,686.08

Sergeant Major on Grade Level 06 (1)   –  N55,144.81     N661,737.72

Sergeant Major on Grade Level 06 (10) – N62,204.88     N746,458.56

Cadet Inspector on Grade Level 07 (1) –  N73,231.51     N878,778.12

Cadet Inspector on GLevel 07 (10)    –    N87,135.70     N1,045,628.40

Asst supt of Police GL 08 (1)              –  N127,604.68      N1,531,256.16

Asst supt of Police on GL 08 (10)  –   N144,152.07      N1,729,824.84

Assistant supt of Police on GL 09 (1) – N136,616.06  N1,639,392.72

Assistant supt of Police on GL 09(10) – N156,318.39  N1,875,820.68

Deputy supt of Police on GL10 (1) – N148,733.29   N1,784,799.48

Deputy supt of Police on GL 10 (10) – N170,399.69   N2,044,796.28

Superintendent of Police on GL 11(1 )-N161,478.29  N1,937,739.49

Superintendent of Police on Gl 11 (10)  –  N187,616   N2,251,400.28

Chief supt of Police on GL 12 (1) – N172,089.06   N2,065,068.72

Chief supt of Police on GL 12 (08)    –    N199,723.96   N2,396,687.52

Asst Commr of Police on GL 13 (1)    –   N183,185.73  N2,198,228.76

Asst Commr of Police on GL 13 (10) –   N212,938.96   N2,555,257.92

Deputy Commr of Police on GL 14 (1)- N242,715.65  N2,912,587.80

Deputy Commr of Police on GL 14 (7)-N278,852.79   N3,346,233.48

Commissioner of Police on GL 15 (1) – N266,777.79   N3,201,333.48

Commissioner for Police on GL15 (06) – N302,970.47   N3,635,645

Assistant Inspector General of Police- N499,751.87   N5,997,022

Deputy Inspector General of Police  –  N546,572.73   N6,558,872.76

Inspector General of Police           –           N711,498        N8,537,976

From the above, there is significant difference between the Nigeria Police old and new salary structure. The increment in the salary structure is over 100%.


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