Nigeria Police Ranks & Insignia/Badges

Nigeria police, just like its global counterparts is well ranked and structured. Every rank in the Nigeria police comes with insignia or badge which shows and identifies the rank of officer wielding such badge.

ranks in nigeria police & badges

Often, due to ignorance or misinformation, people misinterpret the police badges while trying to identify either a high-ranking officer or junior officers.

In this blog post, Nigerian Informer will be listing ranks in the Nigeria police with their badges or insignia.

Ranks In Nigeria Police & Badges

Inspector General of Police (IG)

Inspector General is highest ranking officer in Nigeria police. He is usually appointed by the president and oversees the overall running and coordinate the activities of the force.

The Inspector General is usually appointed from immediate close rank, Deputy Inspector General.

The badge or insignia of Inspector General of police is Nigerian’s coat of arm, two stars & crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Deputy Inspector General (DIG)

Next to Inspector General of police in rank is the Deputy Inspector General. It is the second highest rank in the Nigeria police force.

Deputy Inspector General of police heads and man different departments of Nigeria police. Insignia of Deputy Inspector General of police in Nigeria is Nigerian’s coat of arm, one star & crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Assistant Inspector General (AIG)

Third highest-ranking position in Nigeria police is Assistant Inspector General rank. Officers in this rank, man and control different police zones and special formations.

Assistant Inspector General badge is Nigerian’s coat of arm, one bar & crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Commissioner of Police (CP)

Commissioner of police oversees administration and overall coordinate of police activities in the states.

They are appointed by Inspector General of police. The insignia for Commissioner of Police is Nigerian’s coat of arm & crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Deputy commissioner of Police (DCP)

At state levels, Deputy Commissioner of Police is the second highest ranking officer. Insignia for Deputy Commissioner of Police is a star & crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)

Next to Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner of Police is Assistant Commissioner of police.

At state command, the Assistant Commissioner is the third highest ranking police rank. Assistant Commissioner of police insignia is crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath worn on the shoulder.

Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP)

Chief Superintendent of Police oversees the police departments at state level. Chief Superintendent insignia is Nigerian’s coat of arm and a star.

Superintendent of Police (SP)

The badge or insignia of Superintendent of Police is Nigerian’s coat of arm.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP)

The badge, symbol or insignia of Deputy Superintendent of Police is three stars that are vertically arranged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police I (ASP I)

Insignia for Assistant Superintendent of Police I is two stars vertically arranged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police II – Probation (ASP II)

Insignia for Assistant Superintendent of Police II is one star.

Chief Inspector (CI)

Insignia for Chief Inspector is four stripes.

Principal Inspector

Badge of Principal Inspector of Nigeria police is three stripes.

Confirmed Inspector

Insignia for Confirmed Inspector of police in Nigeria is two stripes.

Unconfirmed Inspector

Badge of Unconfirmed Inspector of police in Nigeria is one Stripe.

Sergeant Major

Insignia for Sergeant major is coat of arm surrounded by a laurel wreath .

Sergeant

Insignia for Sergeant police officer is 3 red v shape stripes.

Corporal

Badge of police officer on corporal rank is 2 red v shape stripes.

Constable

Constable is the lowest rank in Nigeria police and the rank comes with no badge or insignia.

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Igwenagu Emmanuel

Igwenagu Emmanuel is the founder of Nigerian Informer. He holds B.A, M.Sc in Mass Communication. He is a Communication researcher and 112 emergency help line dispatcher.

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