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Nigerian Police Force’s Updated Salary Structure

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The Nigerian Police force is a security agency established in the 1930 by the colonial rulers. It is charged with fighting against crimes and maintenance of law and order in Nigeria through its various units and commands.

The units consist of the Anti-Fraud Section, The Central Criminal Registry, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, General Investigation, Special Fraud Unit, Legal Section, Forensic Science Laboratory, Interpol Liaison, Homicide, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Force Intelligence Bureau, DCI Kaduna Annex and Counter Terrorism Unit.

The police also work in collaboration with other security and paramilitary agencies to ensure that the internal peace and stability of Nigeria is maintained.

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Notwithstanding the high risks associated with the Police job, Police officers in Nigeria are poorly remunerated. From poor housing conditions in barracks, poor welfare scheme and poor salary, the Police officers have been reduced to mere beggars on the highway and even in their offices.

It is against this backdrop that the Federal Government in 2018 decided to increase the salaries of Police officers in the country.

The newly revised salary structure for Police Officers in Nigeria (See the salary structure for all military personnel in Nigeria) is:

Non-Officers Cadre

Cadet Inspector Grade 07 (step10)

The is the most senior non-commissioned officer in the Nigerian Police force

Net Monthly Salary: N86,453

Annual Salary: N1,045,628.4

Cadet Inspector Grade Level 07 (step1)

The second most senior officer in this section.

Monthly salary: N73,423

Annual salary: N876,000

Sergeant Major Grade 06 (step 10)

Monthly Salary: N67,590

Annual salary: N796,908

Sergeant Major Grade 06 (step 1)

Monthly salary: N65,069

Annual salary: N691,759

Police Sergeant Grade 05 (step 10)

Monthly:  N64,973

Annual salary: N681,686

Police Sergeant Grade 05 (step1)

Monthly salary: N63,540

Annual salary: N668,203

Police Corporal Grade Level 04 (1)

Monthly salary: N61,100

Annual salary N643,548

Police Constable Grade Level 03

Monthly: N55,000

Annual salary: N623,000

Police Recruit

This is the basic and starting salary for those recruited with secondary school certificates.

Monthly: N51,670

Annual salary: 612,000

Note: Monthly and Annual salary are adjusted after deductions of tax, pensions and other deductibles.

Officers Cadre

Inspector-General

This is the highest-ranking officer in the Nigerian Police force. He also doubles as the head of the Police force in Nigeria.

Monthly salary: N712,458

Annual salary: N8,767,768

The Deputy Inspector General

Monthly salary: N556,654

Annual salary: N6,456,857

Assistant Inspector General of Police Grade 15 step 7

Monthly salary: N489,962

Annual salary: N5,677,022

Commissioner of Police Grade 15 step6

His salary per month amounts to N276,879

While his annual salary amounts to N3,321,343

Deputy Commissioner of Police Grade 14 step 7

Monthly salary: N239,678

Annual salary: N2,934,678

Assistant Commissioner of Police Grade 13 step10

Monthly salary: N185,345

Annual salary: N2,398,432

Chief of Superintendent of Police Grade 12 step8

Monthly salary: N175,094

Annual salary: N2,075,123

Superintendent of Police Grade 12

Monthly salary: N172,098

Annual salary: N2,021,902 

Deputy Superintendent of Police Grade 10 step1

Monthly salary: N148,868

Annual pay: 1,794,867

Assistant Superintendent Of Police On Grade 08 step10

Monthly pay: N145,165

Annual salary: N1,699,765

Assistant Superintendent of Police Grade 08 step1

Monthly salary: N127,612

Annual salary: N1,543,234

Interesting facts about the Nigerian Police Salary

Are Nigerian police paid enough?

Notwithstanding the high risks associated with the Police job, Police officers in Nigeria are poorly remunerated. From poor housing conditions in barracks, poor welfare scheme and poor salary, the Police officers have been reduced to mere beggars on the highway and even in their offices.

Is the lower pay of Nigerian police and the EndSars movement

The Endsars movement was triggered by the brutalities being meted on innocent youths by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad of the Nigerian police force.

Does Nigeria need more police or to pay the existing ones more money

The Nigerian police force does not only need increase in pay but also increase in welfare, improved housing and periodic training and retraining.

Aside Salaries, what other benefits do the nigeran police enjoy

The Police enjoys benefits such as pensions and gratuity, free enrollment into the federal housing scheme and other incentives their scheme of service allows.

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Fishon Amos writes on Education, Rankings, Wealth, Technology, Politics and others with Explain.com.ng. He has published several articles online and hopes to keep educating people through his writings. When he is not writing, he plays chess and listen to crime Podcasts on Spotify.

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