In the first cabinet constituted in 1957, the management of the Nigeria Police Force was done by the Ministry of Interior, but because of the extensive nature of the police activities and needs, a dedicated ministry was created for it.
The creation was a result of the need of the government to strengthen the Internal Security architecture in Nigeria. Alhaji Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi is the incumbent minister of police affairs
Even at the time of publication, the mandate of Nigeria’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is still closely related to police affairs.
Core Mandate of Police Affairs Ministry
- To formulate and implement policies to ensure internal security if efficient
- To continually boost the morale of the officers of the NPF for them to discharge the security roles.
- To provide technical assistance and administrative support for the police
- To initiate and implement projects will enhance the welfare of members of the police.
- To sensitize and engage appropriate stakeholders in promoting and effective policing through funding
The Ministry of Police Affairs oversees the operations of the Following Agencies:
|Police Affairs Parastatal||Year of establishment||Mandate|
|Police Academy, Wudil, Kano (POLAC)||1988||To train aspiring police officers for effective security service delivery in internal security of Nigeria.|
|Police Colleges and Formations||To train and re-train Police Personnel for effective security roles|
|Nigeria Police Force (NPF)||1930||To protect lives and property, to prevent, detect and investigate crime|
|Nigeria Police Trust Fund (NPTF)||June 24, 2019||To provide management and control of a special intervention fund for training and retraining of personnel of the Nigeria Police Force|
|Police Service Commission (PSC)||2001||To hire, train, re-train, promote deserving police officers and sack police officers except the Inspector General of Police (IGP)|
- 10th & 11 Floor, Federal Secretariat Complex, Phase 3, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja Nigeria.
- Official website: policeaffairs.gov.ng
Past Ministers of Police Affairs in Nigeria are:
- Broderick Bozimo
- Dr. Ibrahim Yakubu Lame
- Caleb Olubolade
Nigeria Police Force is in charge of policing the 36 states of the federation including the federal capital territory, Abuja. However, the Minister of Police Affairs sits in Abuja, how would he get first-hand information about the performance of the officers of the police?
Officers are still being subjected to despicable conditions at some of the police training institutions across Nigeria. The ministry of police affairs needs to do more in ensuring that officers are well paid, trained, and conduct themselves to global best policing practices.
On major highways, men of the force take force motorists to pay bribes and involve themselves in ridiculous behaviors.