The Nigeria Police Force is the principal law enforcement and the lead security agency in Nigeria. Designated by the 1999 constitution as the national police of Nigeria with exclusive jurisdiction throughout the country, as at 2016 it has a 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 is a very large organisation consisting of 36 State commands and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) grouped into 17 zones and 8 administrative organs. The agency is currently headed by IGP (Inspector General) Usman Alkali Baba.
Section 4 of the Police Acts and Regulations lists the duties of the police force to include:The prevention and detection of crime.The apprehension of offenders.The preservation of law and order.The protection of life and property.The due enforcement of laws and regulations with which they are directly charged.The performance of such military duties within and outside Nigeria as may be required of them by or under the authority of the police act or any other act.
Alkali Baba Usman
Inspector General of Police