POLICE ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

PART I

Short title and interpretation

SECTION

  1. Short title.
  2. Interpretation.

PARTII

Constitution and employment of the force

  1. Establishment of Police Force.
  2. General duties of the police.
  3. Constitution of the Force.
  4. Command of the Force.
  5. Duties of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
  6. Duties of an Assistant Inspector-General.
  7. Establishment of the Nigeria Police Council.
  8. Public safety and public order.
  9. Delegation by Inspector-General.
  10. Command of police in case of active service.

PART III

General administration

Oaths for officers

13. Oaths to be taken by officers on appointment.

Enlistment and service

  1. Enlistment.
    1. Extension of term of enlistment in special cases.
    2. Declarations.
    3. Re-engagement.

Supernumerary police officers

    1. Appointment of supernumerary police officers to protect property.
      1. Appointment of supernumerary police officers for employment on administrative duties on police premises.
  1. Appointment of supernumerary police officers where necessary in the public interest.
    1. Appointment of supernumerary police for attachment as orderlies.

SECTION

22. Provisions supplementary to sections 18 to 21.

PART IV

Powers of po lice officers

  1. Conduct of prosecutions.
  2. Power to arrest without warrant.
  3. Power to arrest without having warrant in possession.
  4. Summonses.
  5. Bail of person arrested without warrant.
  6. Power to search.
  7. Power to detain and search suspected persons.
  8. Power to take fingerprints .

PART V

Property unclaimed, found or otherwise

31. Court may make orders with respect to property in possession of police.

  1. Perishable articles.

PARTVl

Miscellaneous provisions

  1. The Police Reward Fund.
  2. Crying down credit.
  3. Pay of constables not to be withheld for debt: exception.
  4. Police officers not to engage in any private business.

PART VII

Offences

  1. Offences.
  2. Apprehension of deserters .
  3. Assault on police officer.
  4. Refusing to aid police officer assaulted.
  5. . Harbouring constable.
  6. Personation of police officer.
  7. Obtaining admission into Force by fraud.
  8. Ordinary course of law not to be interfered with.
  9. Persons acquitted by court not punishable on same charge under this Act, nor if convicted, except by reduction.

PART VIII

Regulations and standing orders

  1. Power to make regulations .
  2. Standing orders.

PART IX

Application

SECTION

  1. Application of Act to persons already serving.

PART X

Special constables

  1. The Nigerian Special Constabulary.
  2. Appointment of special constables in normal circumstances.
  3. Resignation, suspension and dismissal of constables appointed under section 50.
  4. Appointment of emergency special constables.
  5. Provisions supplementary to section 52.
  6. Equipment.
  7. Instruction of special constables.
  8. Allowances, pensions, etc.
  9. Interpretation.
  10. Repeal and transitional provisions.

PART XI

Traffic warden service

  1. Establishment of the Traffic Warden Service.
  2. Appointment of the traffic wardens.
  3. Period of service.
  4. Powers, etc., of a traftic warden.
  5. Certificate of appointment and of discharge.
  6. Ranks of traffic wardens.
  7. Resignation.
  8. Discipline.
  9. Provision of equipment.
  10. Delegation of powers by Inspector-General.
  11. Instruction of traffic warden, etc.

CHAPTER P19

POLICE ACT

An Act to make provision for the organisation, discipline, powers and duties of the police, the s pecial constabulary and the traffic wardens.

[1967 No. 41.]

[1st April, 1943]

[Commencement.]

PART I

Short title and interpretation

1. S hor t title

This Act may be cited as the Police Act.

  1. Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires-

[1979 No. 23.]

“Commissioner” means a Commissioner of Police, a Deputy Commissioner of Po-lice or an Assistant Commissioner of Police;

“constable ” means any police officer below the rank of corporal;

“c our t” means any court established by any law in force in Nigeria;

“the Force ” means the Nigeria Police Force established under this Act; “ins pector ” includes a chief inspector and an inspector of police;

“Ins pector -General”, “Deputy Ins pector -General” and “Assistant Ins pector – Ge neral” means respectively the Inspector-General of Police, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police and an Assistant Inspector-General of Police;

“non-commissioned officer ” means a police sergeant-major, a police sergeant or a police corporal as the case may be;

    • police officer” means any member of the Force;

“superintendent of police” includes a chief superintendent of police, a superinten-dent of police, a deputy superintendent of police, and an assistant superintendent of po-lice;

“superior police officer ” means any police officer above the rank of a cadet assistant superintendent of police;

“supernumerary police officer ” means a police officer appointed under section 18,

  1. or 21 of this Act or under an authorisation given under section 20 of this Act.

PART II

Constitution and employment of the Force

  1. Es tablis hment of Police Force

There shall be established for Nigeria a police force to be known as the Nigeria Police Force (in this Act referred to as “the Force”).

4. General duties of the police

The police shall be employed for the prevention and detection of crime, the apprehen-

sion of offenders, the preservation of law and order, the protection of life and property

and the due enforcement of all laws and regulations with which they are directly charged,

and shall perform such military duties within or outside Nigeria as may be required of

them by, or under the authority of this or any other Act.

[1979 No. 23.]

5. Constitution of the Force

There shall be an Inspector-General of the Nigeria Police, such number of Deputy In-spectors-General, Assistant Inspectors-General as the Nigeria Police Council considers appropriate, a Commissioner for each State of the Federation and such ranks as may, from time to time, be appointed by the Nigeria Police Council.

[1979 No. 23.]

6. Command of the Force

The Force shall be under the command of the Inspector-General, and contingents of the Force stationed in a State shall, subject to the authority of the Inspector-General, be under the command of the Commissioner of that State.

7. Duties of the Deputy Inspector-General of Police

(1) A Deputy Inspector-General is the second in command of the Force and shall act for the Inspector-General in the Inspector-General’s absence from Force Headquarters.

(2) When acting for the Inspector-General, the Deputy Inspector-General shall be guided by the following-

  1. all matters involving any change in Force policy shall be held in abeyance

pending the return of the Inspector-General or, if the matter is urgent, referred directly to the Inspector-General for his instructions;

(b) all matters of importance dealt with by the Deputy Inspector-General during

the absence of the Inspector-General shall be referred to the Inspector-General

on his return.

8. Duties of an Assistant Inspector-General

(1) An Assistant Inspector-General shall be subordinate in rank to the Deputy In-spector-General but shall be senior to all commissioners.

    1. An assistant Inspector-General shall act for the Inspector-General in the absence of both the Inspector-General and the Deputy Inspector-General and when so acting, the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of subsection (2) of section 7 of this Act shall, with all necessary modifications, apply to him.
  1. Establishment of the Nigeria Police Council

(1) There is hereby established a body to be known as the Nigeria Police Council (in this Act referred to as “the Council”) which shall consist of-

(a) the President who shall be chairman;

  1. the Governor of each State of the Federation;
  2. the chairman of the Police Service Commiss ion;
  3. the Inspector-General of Police.
  4. The functions of the Council shall include-
  5. the organisation and administration of the Nigeria Police Force and all other matters relating thereto (not being matters relating to the use and operational control of the Force, or the appointment, disciplinary control and dismissal of members of the Force);

(b) the general supervision of the Nigeria Police Force;

    1. advising the President on the appointment of the Inspector-General of Police.
  1. The Permanent Secretary in the Police Affairs Office, in the Presidency, shall be

the Secretary to the Council and the Secretariat of the Council shall be in the Police Af-fairs Office, the Presidency.

[1990 No. 47.]

  1. The President shall be charged with operational control of the Force.
    1. The Inspector-General shall be charged with the command of the Force subject to the directive of the President.

10. Public safety and public order

  1. The President may give to the Inspector-General such directions with respect to the maintaining and securing of public safety and public order as he may consider neces-sary, and the Inspector-General shall comply with those directions or cause them to be complied with.
  2. Subject to the provisions of subsection (1) of this section, the Commiss ioner of a State shall comply with the directions of the Governor of the State with respect to the maintaining and securing of public safety and public order within the State, or cause them

to be complied with: .(

Provided that before carrying out any such direction the Commissioner may re-quest that the matter stlould be referred to the President for his directions.

11. Deleg ati on by Ins pector -General

The Inspector-General may, with the consent of the President by writing under his hand, delegate any of his powers under this Act (except this power of delegation) so that the delegated powers may be exercised by the delegate with respect to the matters or class of matters specified or defined in the instrument of delegation.

  1. Command of police in case of active ser vice

When required to perform military duties in accordance with the provisions of sec-tion 4 of this Act, such duties entailing service with the armed forces of Nigeria or any force for the time being attached thereto or acting therewith, the police shall be under the command and subject to the orders of the officer in command of the forces in Nigeria, but for the purposes of interior economy shall remain under the control of a superior police officer.

PA RT III

General administration

Oaths for officers

13. Oaths to be taken by officers on appointment

On the appointment or promotion of any person as a member of the Force to or above the rank of cadet sub-inspector, the provisions of the Oaths Act shall apply; and such per-son shall forthwith take and subscribe to the official oath, the police oath and, in proper

case, the oath of allegiance.

[Cap. 01.]

Enlistment and service

14. Enlistment

Every constable, shall, on appointment, be enlisted to serve in the Force for three years, or for such other period as may be fixed by the Police Service Commis sion to be reckoned in all cases from the day on which he has been approved for service and taken on to the strength.

  1. Extension of term of enlistment in s pecial cases
    1. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 14 of this Act, where a constable on or after his appointment opts or is selected for duties other than general duties and engages in those duties, he shall be deemed to have agreed to extend his period of enlistment by an additional period not exceeding six years, the extent of the additional period to be fixed by the Police Service Commission, and the enlistment of t,be constable shall have effect accordingly.
    2. Where any person to whom subsection (1) of this section applies re-engages for service with the Force, this section shall have effect in respect of the re-engagement, and notwithstanding the fact that on or after the re-engagement the person concerned is or may be a non-commissioned officer.
  2. Declarations

Every non-commissioned officer, constable or recruit constable on enlistment, and every such police officer if re-engaged for a further period of service, shall make and subscribe to the police declaration prescribed by the Oaths Act.

[Cap. 01.]

  1. Re -eng agement
    1. Any non-commissioned officer or constable of good character may, within six months before completion of his first period of enlistment and with the prescribed ap-proval, re-engage to serve for a further period of six years, and may similarly re-engage for a second period of six years, and may thereafter similarly re-engage either to serve until the expiration of a third period of six years or until he reaches the age o f 45 years (whichever is earlier).

(2) Upon completion of such third period of six years, or if he has re-engaged until

reaching the age of 45 years then upon reaching such age, the non-commissioned officer

or constable may if he so desires and with the prescribed approval continue in the Force

in the same manner in all respects as if his term of service were still unexpired, except

that he may be discharged or may claim a discharge upon six months’ prescribed notice

thereof being given to or by him.

  1. The prescribed approval referred to in subsections (1) and (2) of this section shall be that of the Police Service Commission or of a superior police officer to whom the Po-lice Service Commission has duly delegated the power to give such approval, and the prescribed notice referred to in subsection (2) shall be given by or to the Police Service Commission or by or to a s uperior police officer to whom the Police Service Commission has duly delegated the power of giving or receiving such notice.
  2. If a non-commissioned officer or constable offers to re-engage within six months after having received his discharge he will, if his offer of service is accepted, on re-engagement be entitled to the rank which he was holding at the time of his discharge, provided there is a vacancy in the establishment of that rank at the time he re-engages.

(5) The service of a non-commissioned officer or constable who has re-engaged un-

der this section shall be deemed to be continuous for the purposes of the pension or an-

nual allowance or gratuities, as the case may be, the non-commissioned officer or con-

stable being regarded as being on leave without pay during the period between discharge

and re-engagement.

(6) No non-commissioned officer or constable may re-engage after a period of six

months has elapsed since his discharge, but a non-commissioned officer or constable may be permitted to re-enlist subsequent to that period if his offer of service is accepted.

  1. The question of the reinstatement of a re-enlisted non-commissioned officer or constable to the rank he held prior to his discharge shall be decided by a superior police officer.
    1. Any non-commissioned officer or constable whose period of service expires dur-ing a state of war, insurrection or hostilities, may be compulsorily retained and his service prolonged for such period, not exceeding twelve months, as the Police Service Commis-sion may direct.
    2. Subject to the provisions of section 7 (1) of the Pensions Act and to the provisions of subsection (2) of this section, no police officer other than a superior police officer shall be at liberty to resign or withdraw himself from his duties without the approval of the Police Service Commission or any police officer authorised in writing by the Police Service Commission.

[Cap. P4.]

Supernumerary police officers

18. Appointment of supernumerar y police officers to protect property

  1. Any person (including any government department) who desires to avail himself of the services of one or more police officers for the protection of property owned or controlled by him may make application therefor to the Inspector-General, stating the

nature and situation of the property in question and giving such other particulars as the Inspector-General may require.

    1. On an application under the foregoing subsection the Inspector-General may, with the approval of the President, direct the appropriate authority to appoint as supernumer-ary police officers in the Force such number of persons as the Inspector-General thinks requisite for the protection of the property to which the application relates.
  1. Every supernumerary police officer appointed under this section –
  2. shall be appointed in respect of the area of the police province or, where there is no police province, the police district or police division in which the prop-erty which he is to protect is situated;
  3. shall be employed exclusively on duties connected with the protection of that property;
  4. shall, in the police area in respect of which he is appointed and in any police area adjacent thereto, but not elsewhere, have the powers , privileges and im-munities of a police officer; and
  5. subject to the restrictions imposed by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection and to the provisions of section 22 of this Act, shall be a member of the Force for all purposes and shall accordingly be subject to the provisions o f this Act and in particular the provisions thereof relating to discipline.
  6. Where any supernumerary police officer is appointed under this section , the per-son availing himself of the services of that officer shall pay to the Accountant -General-
  7. on the enlistment of the officer, the full cost of the officer’s uniform; and
  8. quarterly in advance, a sum equal to the aggregate of the amount o f the offi-cer’s pay for the quarter in question and such additional amounts as the In-spector-General may direct to be paid in respect of the maintenance of the offi-cer during that quarter,

and any sum payable to the Accountant-General under this subsection which is not duly paid may be recovered in a summary manner before a magistrate on the compla int of any superior police officer:

Provided that this subsection shall not apply in the case of an appointment made on the application of a department of the Government of the Federation.

  1. Where the person availing himself of the services of any supernumerary police officer appointed under this section desires the services of that officer to be discontinued, he must give not less than two months’ notice in writing to that effect, in the case of an officer appointed in respect of a police area within that part of Lagos State formerly known as the Federal territory, to the Inspector-General or, in the case of an officer ap-

pointed in respect of a police area within a State, to the Commissioner of Police of that State; and on the expiration of such notice the services of the supernumerary police offi-cer in question shall be withdrawn.

  1. Where the services of a supernumerary police officer are withdrawn in pursuance of subsection (5) of this section in the course of a quarter for which the sum mentioned in subsection (4) (b) of this section has been paid to the Accountant-General, the Account-ant-General shall pay to the person by whom that sum was paid a sum which bears to that

sum the same proportion as the unexpired portion of that quarter bears to the whole of that quarter.

    1. In this section, “the Accountant-General” means the Accountant-General of the Federation; “government department” means any department of the Government of the Federation or of the Government of a State; and “quarter” means any period of three months; and any reference in this section to the person availing himself of the service of a supernumerary police officer appointed under this section is a reference to the person on whose application the officer was appointed or, if that person has been succeeded by

some other person as the person owning or controlling the property for the protection of which the officer in question was appointed, that other person.

  1. Appointme nt of supernumerary police officers for employment on administrati ve duties on police premises
    1. The appropriate authority may, at the request of any superior police officer, ap-

point any person as a supernumerary police officer in the Force with a view to that per-son’s employment on duties connected with the administration or maintenance of prem-ises occupied or used for the purposes of the Force, but shall not do so in any particular case unless satisfied that it is necessary in the interests of security or discipline that per-sons performing the duties in question should be subject to the provisions of this Act re-lating to discipline.

(2) Every supernumerary police officer appointed under this section-

    1. shall be appointed in respect of the area of the police area command or where there is no police area command, the police division in which the premises in connection with whose administration or maintenance he is to be employed are situated;
    2. shall be employed exclusively on duties connected with the administration or maintenance of those premises;
  1. shall, in the police area in respect of which he is appointed, but not elsewhere, have the powers, privileges and immunities of a police officer; and
    1. subject to the restrictions imposed by paragraphs (b) and (c) of this subsection and to the provisions of section 22 of this Act, shall be a member of the Force for all purposes and shall accordingly be subject to the provisions of this Act and in particular the provisions thereof relating to discipline.

20. Appointment of supernumerary police officers where necessary in the public interest

(1) If at any time the President is satisfied, as regards any police area, that it is neces-sary in the public interest for supernumerary police officers to be employed in that area, he may authorise the appropriate authority to appoint persons as supernumerary police officers in the Force under and in accordance with the authorisation.

    1. Every authorisation under this section shall be in writing and shall specify the po-lice area to which it relates and the maximum number of supernumerary police officers who may be appointed under that authorisation.
  1. Every supernumerary police officer appointed under an authorisation giv en under this section-
  2. shall be appointed in respect of the police area to which the authorisation re-lates;
  3. shall, in the police area in respect of which he is appointed and in any police area adjacent thereto, but not elsewhere, have the powers, privileges and im-munities of a police officer; and
  1. subject to the restriction imposed by paragraph Cb) of this subsection and to the provisions of section 22 of this Act, shall be a member of the Force for all pur-poses and shall accordingly be subject to the provisions of this Act and in par-ticular to the provisions thereof relating to discipline.

21. Appointment of supernumerary police officers for attachment as orderli es

  1. The appropriate authority may at the request of the Inspector-General or of the Commissioner of Police of a State appoint any person as a supernumerary police officer in the Force with a view to that person’s attachment as an orderly to –
  2. a Minister; or
  3. a Commissioner of the Government of a State; or
  4. a police officer of or above the rank of assistant commissioner.

(2) Every supernumerary police officer appointed under this section –

    1. shall be employed exclusively on duties connected with the activities of the person to whom he is attached;
      1. shall, while so employed, have throughout Nigeria the powers, privileges and immunities of a police officer; and
      2. subject to the restriction imposed by paragraph (a) of this subsection and to the provisions of section 22 of this Act, shall be a member of the Force for all pur-poses and shall accordingly be subject to the provisions of this Act and in par-ticular the provisions thereof relating to discipline.
  1. Provisions supplementary to sections 18 to 21
      1. Every supernumerary police officer shall, on appointment, be enlisted to serve in the Force from month to month, and accordingly a supernumerary police officer may at any time resign his appointment by giving one month’s notice in that behalf to the supe-rior police officer in charge of the police area in respect of which he is appointed, and his appointment may be determined by the appropriate authority on one month’s notice in that behalf or on payment of one month’s pay instead of such notice.
  2. The ranks to which supernumerary police officers may be appointed shall be pre-scribed by regulations made by the President under section 46 of this Act on the recom-mendation of the Police Service Commission.
    1. A supernumerary police officer shall have no claim on the Police Reward Fund; and, without prejudice to any liability under the Workmen’s Compensation A ct, to pay compensation to or in respect of any person by virtue of his employment as a super-numerary police officer, a person’s service as such as officer shall not render him or any

other person eligible for any pension, gratuity or annual allowance under this Act or the Pensions Act.

[Cap. W6. Cap. P4.]

(4) In sections 18 to 21 of this Act and this section-

“the appropriate authority” , in relation to any power to appoint or determine the appointment of supernumerary police officers , means the Police Service Commission or any superior police officer to whom that power has been delegated in accordance with section 216 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999;

[Cap. C23.]

“police area” means any police Area Command, police district or police division;

“Area Comman d”, “police dis trict” and “police di vision” means respectively an

Area Command, police district or police division established under the provisions of standing orders made under section 47 of this Act.

PA RT IV

Powers of police officers

23. Con duct of prosecutions

Subject to the provisions of sections 174 and 211 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (which relate to the power of the Attorney-General of the Fed-eration and of a State to institute and undertake, take over and continue or discontinue

criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law in Nigeria), any police officer may conduct in person all prosecutions before any court, whether or not the in-formation or complaint is laid in his name.

[Cap. C23.]

  1. Po wer to arrest without warrant

(1) In addition to the powers of arrest without warrant conferred upon a police officer by section 10 of the Criminal Procedure Act, it shall be lawful for any police officer and any person whom he may call to his assistance, to arrest without warrant in the following cases-

[Cap. C41.]

  1. any person whom he finds committing any felony, misdemeanour or simple offence, or whom he reasonably suspects of having committed or of being about to commit any felony, misdemeanour or breach of the peace;
  2. any person whom any other person charges with having committed a felony or misdemeanour;

(c) any person whom any other person-

(i) suspects of having committed a felony or misdemeanour; or

  1. charges with having committed a simple offence, if such other person is willing to accompany the police officer to the police station and to enter into a recognisance to prosecute such charge.

(2) The provisions of this section shall not apply to any offence with respect to which it is provided that any offender may not be arrested without warrant.

    1. For the purposes of this section the expression felony, misdemeanour and simple offence shall have the same meanings as they have in the Criminal Code.
  1. Power to arrest without having warrant in possession

Any warrant lawfully issued by a court for apprehending any person charged with any offence may be executed by any police officer at any time notwithstanding that the war-rant is not in his possession at that time, but the warrant shall, on the demand of the per-son apprehended, be shown to him as soon as practicable after his arrest.

26. S ummons es

Any summons lawfully issued by a court may be served by any police officer at any time during the hours of daylight.

27. Bail of pers on arrested without warrant

When a person is arrested without a warrant, he shall be taken before a magistrate who has jurisdiction with respect to the offence with which he is charged or is empow-ered to deal with him under section 484 of the Criminal Procedure Act as soon as practic-

able after he is taken into custody:

[Cap. C41.J ]

Provided that any police officer for the time being in charge of a police station may inquire into the case and-

(a) except when the case appears to such officer to be of a serious nature, may

release such person upon his entering into a recognisance, with or without

sureties, for a reasonable amount to appear before a magistrate at the day, time

and place mentioned in the recognisance; or

(b) if it appears to such officer that such inquiry cannot be completed forthwith, may release such person on his entering into a recognisance, with or without sureties for a reasonable amount, to appear at such police station and at such times as are named in the recognisance, unless he previously receives notice in writing from the superior police officer in charge of that police station that his attendance is not required, and any such bond may be enforced as if it were a recognisance conditional for the appearance of the said person before a magis-trate.

28. Power to search

(1) A superior police officer may by authority under his hand authorise any police of-ficer to enter any house, shop, warehouse, or other premises in search of stolen property, and search therein and seize and secure any property he may believe to have been stolen, in the same manner as he would be authorised to do if he had a search warrant, and the

property seized, if any, corresponded to the property described in such search warrant.

(2) In every case in which any property is seized in pursuance of this section, the per-son on whose premises it was at the time of seizure or the person from whom it was taken if other than the person on whose premises it was, may, unless previously charged with

receiving the same knowing it to have been stolen, be summoned or arrested and brought

before a magistrate to account for his possession of such property, and such magistrate

shall make such order respecting the disposal of such property and may award such costs

as the justice of the case may require.

  1. Such authority as aforesaid may only be given when the premises to be searched are, or within the preceding twelve months have been, in the occupation of any person who has been convicted of receiving stolen property or of harbouring thieves, or of any offence involving fraud or dishonesty, and punishable by imprisonment.

(4) It shall not be necessary on giving such authority to specify any particular prop-erty, provided that the officer granting the authority has reason to believe generally that such premises are being made a receptacle for stolen goods.

29. Powe r to detain and search sus pected persons

  1. police officer may detain and search any person whom he reasonably suspects of having in his possession or conveying in any manner anything which he has reason to believe to have been stolen or otherwise unlawfully obtained.

30. Powe r to take fingerprints

(1) It shall be lawful for any police officer to take and record for the purposes of identification the measurements, photographs and fingerprint impressions of all persons who may from time to time be in lawful custody:

Provided that if such measurements, photographs and fingerprint impressions are taken of a person who has not previously been convicted of any criminal offence, and such person is discharged or acquitted by a court, all records relating to such measure-ments, photographs and fingerprint impressions shall be forthwith destroyed or handed over to such person.

  1. Any person who shall refuse to submit to the taking and recording of his meas-urements, photographs or fingerprint impressions shall be taken before a magistrate who, on being satisfied that such person is in lawful custody, shall make such order as he thinks fit authorising a police officer to take the measurements, photographs and finger-print impressions of such person.

PART V

Property unclaimed, found or otherwise

31. Court may mak e orders with res pect to property in possession of police

(1) Where any property has come into the possession of the police as unclaimed property or property found or otherwise, a court of summary jurisdiction may, on appli-cation either of a member of the police force or by a claimant of the property, either order the delivery of the property to the person appearing to the court to be the owner thereof or, if the owner cannot be ascertained, make such order with respect to the property as to the court may seem meet.

  1. Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1) of this section and subject to the provisions of subsection (2) of this section and of section 32 of this Act, an order

made under the said subsection (1) with respect to any property the owner of which can-not be ascertained may direct-

  1. in the case of property that has not previously been sold in pursuance of sec-tion 32 of this Act, that the property be sold; and

(b)

in any case, that the proceeds of sale be paid into the Police Reward Fund, af-ter deduction of the cost (if any) of the sale and of any sum which the court

may direct to be paid as a reward to any person by whom the property was de-livered into the possession of the police.

(3) An order under this section shall not affect the right of any person to take within six months from the date of the order legal proceedings against any person in possession of the property delivered by virtue of the order for the recovery of the property, but on the

expiration of those six months the right shall cease.

32. Perishable articles

Where the property is a perishable article or its custody involves unreasonable ex-pense or inconvenience it may be sold at any time, but the proceeds of sale shall not be disposed of until they have remained in the possession of the police for six months; and in any other case the property shall not be sold until it has remained in the possession of the police for six months.

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Miscellaneous provisions

33. The Police Reward Fund

(1) There shall be established a fund to be called “the Police Reward Fund” (in this section referred to as “the Fund”) into which shall be paid the following-

  1. all pay forfeited by order of a superior officer on members of the Force for offences against discipline;

(b) all fines levied for assaults on members of the Force;

(c) one third of any fees paid by members of the public in respect of extracts from reports of accidents made by the police;

(d) one third of any fees paid in accordance with standing orders for the services of police officers who would otherwise be off duty;

  1. all sums ordered to be paid into the Fund under section 31 (2).

(2) Subject to the rules for the time being in force under section 23 of the Finance (Control and Management) Act with respect to disbursements from the Fund, the Fund shall be applied at the discretion of the Inspector-General for any of the following pur-poses, that is to say-

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  1. to reward members of the Force for extra or special services;

(b) for procuring comforts, conveniences or advantages for members of the Force which are not authorised to be paid for out of moneys provided by the Federal Government;

  1. for payment of ex gratia compassionate gratuities to widows or children of deceased members of the Force;
  2. for making ex gratia payments towards the funeral expenses of any member of the Force who dies in the service of the Force.

34. Crying down credit

A superior police officer shall, upon first arrival at any place where police are to be

stationed, cause public proclamation to be made that if the inhabitants suffer constables to

contract debts, such debts are not recoverable from their due or accruing pay and will not

be discharged by the officers .

35. Pay of constables not to be withheld for debt: exception

The pay of any constable shall not be withheld upon any civil process except in re-spect of any debt or liability which he may have incurred within three years next before being appointed to the Force, and for such debt or liability when constituted by decree his pay may be withheld to an extent not exceeding one half of any monthly payment thereof; and when an order for payment of such debt or satisfaction of such liability is made, the court making the order shall give due notice thereof to the superior police offi-cer in charge of the detachment to which the judgment debtor belongs, and thereupon the amount ordered shall be stopped out of the judgment debtor’s pay until the amount of the decree is made good:

Provided that no amount shall be withheld on an order made by a native tribunal.

  1. Police officers not to eng age in any private business

No member of the Force shall, while he holds such appointment, engage in any pri-vate business or trade, without the written consent of the Nigeria Police Council or any person to whom such power is delegated.

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Offences

  1. Offences

(1) Any pol ice officer other than a superior police officer who –

    1. begins, raises, abets, countenances, or excites mutiny;
    2. causes or joins in any sedition or disturbance whatsoever;
    3. being at any assemblage tending to riot, does not use his utmost endeavour to suppress such assemblage;
    4. coming la the knowledge of any mutiny, or intended mutiny or sedition, does not without delay give information thereof to his superior officer;
    5. strikes or offers any violence to his superior officer, such officer being in the execution of his duty;
  1. deserts or aids or abets the desertion of any constable from the Force; or
  2. on enlistment falsely states that he has not been convicted or imprisoned for a criminal offence or that he was never employed by the Government of the Federation or Government of any State,

shall be liable to imprisonment for two years.

  1. Any police officer may be proceeded against for desertion without reference to the time during which he may have been absent, and thereupon may be found guilty, ei-ther of desertion or of absence without leave:

Provided that a police officer shall not be convicted as a deserter or of attempting to desert unless the court shall be satisfied that there was an intention on the part of such officer either not to return to the Force, or to escape some particular important s ervice.

38. Apprehension of deserters

Upon reasonable suspicion that any person is a deserter, any constable or other person may apprehend him and forthwith bring him before a court having jurisdiction in the place wherein he was found, which may deal with the suspected deserter or re mand him to a court having jurisdiction in the place in which he has deserted .

39. Assault on police officer

Every person who assaults, obstructs or resists any police officer in the execution of his duty, or aids or incites any other person so to assault, obstruct or resist any police of-ficer or any person aiding or assisting such police officer in the execution of his duty, shall be guilty of an offence and, on summary conviction thereof before a magistrate, shall be liable to a penalty of fifty naira or to imprisonment for a term of six mo nths.

40. Refusing to aid police officer assaul ted

If any person is called upon to aid and assist a police officer who is, while in the exe-cution of his duty, assaulted or resisted or in danger of being assaulted or res isted, and such person refuses or neglects to aid and assist accordingly, he shall be guilty of an of-fence and, on summary conviction thereof before a magistrate, shall be liable to a penalty of fifty naira or to imprisonment for a term of six months .

41. Harbouring constable

Every person who knowingly harbours or entertains, or, either directly or indirectly, sells or gives any intoxicating liquor to, any constable when on duty, or permits any such constable to abide or remain in his house (except in case of extreme urgency); and any person who, by threats or by offer of money, gift, spirituous liquors, or any other thing, induces or endeavours to induce any constable to commit a breach of his duty as consta-ble or to omit any part of such duty, shall be guilty of an offence and, on summary con-viction thereof before a magistrate, shall be liable to a penalty of ten naira or to be im-prisoned for a term of one month.

42. Pers onation of police officer

Every person not being a police officer who puts on or assumes either in whole or in part, the dress, name, designation, or description of any police officer or any dress, name or designation, resembling and intended to resemble the dress, name or desig nation of

any police officer, or in any way pretends to be a police officer, for the purpose of ob-

taining admission into any house or other place, or of doing any act which such person would not by law be entitled to do of his own authority, shall be guilty of an offence and, on summary conviction thereof before a magistrate, shall be liable to a penalty of N200 or to imprisonment for a term of one year.

43. Obtaining admission into Force by fraud

  1. Any person who knowingly uses or attempts to pass off any forged or false cer-tificate, character, letter, or other document for the purpose of obtaining admission into the Force, or who, on applying for enlistment, shall make any false answer to any ques-tion which shall be put to him by a police officer, shall be guilty of an offence and, on summary conviction thereof before a magistrate, shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of six months.
    1. Any police officer may arrest without warrant any person whom he reasonably believes to be guilty of an offence against this section.
  2. Ordinary course of la w not to be interfered with

Nothing in this Act shall be construed to exempt any police officer from being pro-ceeded against by the ordinary course of law when accused of any offence punishable under any other Act or law.

45. Pers ons acquitted by court not punishable on same charge under this Act, nor if convic ted, exce pt by reduction

(1) No person who has been acquitted by a court of any crime or offence shall be tried on the same charge or suffer any punishment on account thereof under this Act.

(2) If any member of the Force has been convicted by a court of any crime or of-

fence, he shall not be liable to be punished for the same offence under this Act, otherwise

than by reduction in rank or grade or by dismissal from the Force.

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Regulations and standing orders

  1. Power to make reg ulations

The President may make regulations on the recommendation of ……. –

(a) the Nigeria Police Council with respect to the policy, organisation and admini-

stration of the Force, including establishments and financial matters, other than pensions within the meaning of the Pensions Act;

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  1. the Police Service Commission with respect to appointments to offices in the Force, promotion, transfer, dismissal and disciplinary control of officers.

47. S tanding orders

(1) The President may make standing orders for the good order, discipline and wel-fare of the Force after consultation with-

  1. the Nigeria Police Council with respect to the policy, organisation an d admini-

stration of the Force, including establishment and financial matters other than pensions within the meaning of the Pensions Act;

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  1. the Police Service Commiss ion with respect to any matter relating to appoint-ments to offices in the Force, promotion, transfer, dismissal and discipline of members of the Force.
  2. The Police Service Commission, with the approval of the President, may make such standing orders as they may think fit and proper with respect to any matt er relating to the duties and operational control of the Force.
  3. Such standing orders shall be binding upon all police officers but need not be published in the Federal Gazette.

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Application

  1. Application of Act to persons already serving

All the provisions of this Act shall extend to all persons who, at the commencement

of this Act shall be serving in a police force established under an Act repealed by this Act as if such persons had been appointed under this Act, and service under any such repealed Act shall, for the purposes of gratuities and pension, be deemed to be service under this Act.

PART X

Special constables

  1. The Nigeria Special Constabulary
    1. There shall continue to be a Nigeria Special Constabulary (in this Act called “the special constabulary”).
    2. The special constabulary shall be, and be deemed always to have been, part of the Nigeria Police Force, and accordingly references in this Act to the police fo rce estab-lished under this Act shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, include, and be deemed always to have included, references to the special constabulary.
      1. The special constabulary shall consist of-
  2. special constables appointed in normal circumstances under section 50 of this Act; and
  3. such emergency special constables as may be appointed from time to time un-der section 4 of this Act.
    1. In so far as any enactment (whether passed or made before or after the com-mencement of this Act) requires police officers to perform military duties or confers power (whether expressly or in general terms) to require police officers to perform such duties, that enactment shall not, in the absence of express provision to the co ntrary, ex-tend to members of the special constabulary.
  4. Appointment of special constables in normal circumstances
    1. Subject to the provisions of this section, the competent authority may appoint as a special constable any person (whether male or female) who-

(a)has attained the age of21 years but has not attained the age of fifty years; and

  1. is of good character and physically fit; and

(c) has signified his willingness to serve as a special constable.

  1. The President shall, from time to time, by notice published in the Federal Gazette fix the ma ximum number of persons who may at anyone time hold appointments under this section; and a person shall not be appointed as a special constable under this section if his appointment would cause the number for the time being so fixed to be exceeded.
  2. Before fixing any number under subsection (2) of this section, the President shall obtain from the Nigeria Police Council a recommendation with respect thereto.

(4) Subject to subsection (2) or this section, the Inspector-General may from time to time-

  1. with the approval of the President fix the maximum number of persons who may at anyone time hold appointments under this section in any territory; and
  2. at his own discretion fix the maximu m number of persons appointed under this section who may at anyone time hold any particular rank in the special con-stabulary in any territory,

and may, in either case, fix different numbers with respect to different territories; and it shall be the duty of every competent authority to secure that the numbers fixed under this subsection are not exceeded.

(5) Every special constable appointed under this section-

  1. shall be appointed to serve as a special constable for one year or such longer period as may be agreed between him and the authority by whom he is ap-pointed, and shall on appointment sign an engagement in the prescribed form to serve as a special constable for that period;
  2. shall be appointed in respect of the police Area Command or, where there is no police Area Command, the police division in which he resides or is employed;
  3. shall within the territory in which the police area in respect of which he is ap-pointed is situated, but not elsewhere, have the powers, privileges and immu-

nities of a police officer; and

  1. subject to the provisions of this Act, shall be a member of the Nigeria Police Force for all purposes:

Provided that a special constable appointed in respect of a police area within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja shall have the powers, privileges and immunities of a police officer not only within the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja but also within any police area adjacent to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

  1. A special constable appointed under this section shall have such rank as may be

assigned to him by the competent authority; and where the rank of assistant superintendent

or any high rank is assigned to a special constable under this subsection, the assigning authority shall cause notice thereof to be published in the Federal Gazette.

(7) A special constable appointed under this section may within three months before the end of his first or any subsequent period of engagement, and with the permission of the competent authority, re-engage to serve for a further period of one year or such longer period as may be agreed between him and that authority and, if he does so, his appoint-ment under this section shall be deemed to have been extended accordingly; and without prejudice to the right of the competent authority to refuse permission in any case, a per-son shall not be permitted to re-engage under this subsection unless he would, if not al-ready a special constable, be qualified for appointment as such under subsection (1) above.

  1. Every special constable appointed under this section shall, on appointment, be is-sued with a certificate of appointment in the prescribed form, and on the determination of his appointment (whether by the passage of time or under section 51 of this Act) shall be issued with a certificate of discharge in the prescribed form.
    1. In relation to constables appointed under this section-

(a) section 16 hereof (which relates to the making of a declaration on enlistment or re-engagement) shall have effect as if for the reference to enlistment there were substituted a reference to appointment; and

(b) section 17 of this Act (which relates to re-engagement) shall not apply.

51. Resignation, sus pension and dis missal of constables appointed under section 50

(1) A special constable appointed under section 50 of this Act may at any time give

to the superior police officer in charge of the police area in respect of which he is ap-

pointed notice in writing to the effect that he desires to resign his appointment on a date

(not being less than fourteen days later than the date on which the notice is given) men-

tioned in the notice.

(2) On receipt of a notice under the foregoing subsection the superior police officer in

question shall refer it to the competent authority; and if, but only if, the competent

authority consents to the notice having effect, the appointment of the special constable by

whom the notice was given shall determine on the date mentioned in the notice or the

date on which he is notified that the competent authority has given his consent under this

subsection, whichever is the later.

(3) The competent authority may at any time, for reasons appearing to him to be suf-ficient, by notice in writing forthwith suspend or determine the appointment of any spe-cial constable appointed under section 50 of this Act and may, if he thinks fit, do so with-out informing the special constable of the reasons for his action, but shall in every case immediately report his action and the reasons therefor to the Inspector-General.

(4) A special constable whose appointment is suspended or determined under sub-

section (3) of this section otherwise than by the Nigeria Police Council, may appeal

against the suspension or determination to the competent authority; and any such appeal

shall be heard and determined by the competent authority to whom it is made.

(5) Any delegation of the powers of the Nigeria Police Council under subsections (3) and (4) of this section shall be such as to secure that in every case the competent authority

having power to hear and determine an appeal under subsection (4) of this section is a police officer of higher rank than the police officer against whose action the appeal is brought.

52. Appointment of emergency s pecial constables

(1) If at any time the Commissioner of Police for a State is satisfied, as regards any police area in that State, that an unlawful assembly or riot or breach of the peace has taken place or may reasonably be expected to take place in that area, or that by reason of other special circumstances it is necessary in the public interest for emergency special constables to be appointed in respect of that area, he may authorise the superior police officer in charge of that area or any chief superintendent of police to appoint persons resident or employed in that area (whether male or female) as emergency special con-stables.

  1. An authorisation under this section need not be in writing, but must specify the maximum number of emergency special constables who may be appointed under that authorisation.
  2. Where a superior police officer proposes to appoint any person as an emergency special constable under an authorisation given under this section, he shall cause to be served on that person a notice in the prescribed form requiring him to present himself at a time and place specified in the notice for appointment as an emergency special constable.
  3. Every person on whom a notice is served under subsection (3) of this section shall present himself at the time and place specified in the notice and shall there, on being re-quired to do so by the superior police officer proposing to appoint him, make and sign a promise in the prescribed form to serve as an emergency special constable until such time as his appointment is determined under this section; and immediately after he has made and signed that promise, the superior police officer shall hand to him a document in the prescribed form appointing him as an emergency special constable in respect of the po-lice area to which the authorisation under which he is being appointed relates.
    1. Every emergency special constable appointed under this section-
  4. shall, in the police area in respect of which he is appointed, but not elsewhere, have the powers, privileges and immunities of a police otficer; and
  5. subject to the provisions of this Act, shall be a member of the Nigeria Police Force for all purposes and shall accordingly be subject to the provisions of this Act.

(6) The superior police officer in charge of the police area in respect of which an

emergency special constable is appointed may at any time, and shall if so directed by the

Commissioner of Police for the State in which that police area is situated, by notice in

writing forthwith, or with effect from a future date specified in the notice, determine the

emergency special constable’s appointment; and on the determination of his appointment

under this section an emergency special constable shall be issued with a certificate of

discharge in the prescribed form.

(7) Any person who without reasonable excuse (proof of which shall lie on him)-

    1. refuses or fails to comply with the requirements of a notice served on him un-der subsection (3) of this section; or
  1. refuses to make and sign a promise to serve on being required to do so under subsection (4) of this section,

shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding forty naira.

(8) The foregoing provisions of this section shall apply in relation to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja as they apply in relation to a State, subject to the modification that, in relation to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja any reference to the Commis-sioner of Police shall be construed as a reference to the Inspector-General of Police.

(9) The foregoing provisions of this section shall have effect subject to section 53 (2)

and (3) of this Act.

  1. Provisions supplementary to section 52
    1. The Commissioner of Police for a State or the Inspector-General-
    2. on giving an authorisation under section 52 of this Act, shall forthwith inform the President of his action and of the circumstances which led him to take it, and shall as soon as possible cause notice of the giving of the authorisation to be published in the appropriate Gazette; and

(b) as soon as possible after all emergency special constables appointed under that authorisation have been discharged, shall cause notice of that fact to be pub-lished in the appropriate Gazette.

In this subsection “the appropriate Gazette”, in relation to the Commissioner of Po-lice for a State means the State Gazette, and in relation to the Inspector-General means the Federal Gazette.

(2) The President may by order published in the Federal Gazette declare persons of any class or description specified in the order to be exempt from appointment as emer-gency special constables under section 52 of this Act, and the power to appoint persons as emergency special constables under that section shall not extend to persons of any class or description for the time being so specified.

(3) Any power to make or determine appointments under or by virtue of section 52 of this Act shall be exercisable only while there is in force the necessary delegation of that power by the Nigeria Police Council.

  1. Section 16 of this Act (which requires certain police officers on enlistment to

make and subscribe the police declaration prescribed by the Oaths Act) and section 17 of this Act (which relates to re-engagement) shall not apply to emergency constables.

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54. Equipment

  1. The Inspector-General may provide for use by special constables such batons, clothing and other equipment as he considers necessary for the proper carrying out of their duties.

(2) Any expenses incurred by the Inspector-General under this section shall be de-frayed out of moneys provided by the Federal Government.

55. Instruction of s pecial constables

(1) Regulations made by virtue of section 46 (a) of this Act with respect to the or-ganisation and administration of the Force shall not require special constables to attend for instruction on more than four days in anyone month or for periods amounting in the aggregate to more than 24 hours in anyone month.

(2) Any person responsible for giving instruction to special constables under regula-tions made as aforesaid shall have regard as far as possible to the convenience of special constables who are to attend for instruction and also, where applicable, to that of the em-ployers of such special constables.

56. Allowances, pensions, etc .

(1) Except as expressly provided by this section or by regulations made by virtue of subsection (3) of this section, a person’s service as a special constable shall not render him or any other person eligible for any pay, allowance, pension or gratuity under this Act or the Pensions Act.

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(2) A special constable shall have no claim on the Police Reward Fund established under section 33 of this Act and shall not as such be entitled to occupy living accommo-dation provided at the public expense.

  1. Regulations made by virtue of section 46 (a) of this Act may provide for allow-ances to be paid to special constables-
  2. in respect of expenses incurred by them in connection with their attendance at periods of instruction;
  3. as compensation for loss of earnings during periods of full-time duty; and

(c) in respect of the use by special constables of or of this subsection the rank of inspector of their own vehicles while on full-time duty,

but shall not provide for the payment of any other allowances to special constables; and the amount of any such allowance as is mentioned in paragraph (a) or (b) of this subsec-tion shall be fixed by the regulations, and shall not be calculated by reference to the ac-tual expenses or loss of earnings of the person to whom it is payable.

(4) Without prejudice to the generality of the said section 46 of this Act, regulations thereunder may make provision for enabling any such allowance as is mentioned in sub-section (3) of this section to be withheld by a superior police officer if, in his opinion, there are good reasons for withholding it.

(5) Subject to subsection (7) of this section, section 6 of the Pensions Act (which contains corresponding provisions applicable to police officers above the rank of con-

stable) shall apply to special constables as they apply to regular police officers.

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(6) Subject to subsection (7) of this section, paragraphs (1) and (2) of regulation 24 of the repealed Pensions Regulations (which make provision for the payment of pensions to officers in respect of permanent injuries received while on duty) shall apply to special constables as they apply to regular police officers, so however that, for the purposes of the application of those paragraphs to special constables, references to retirement shall be

construed as references to retirement from employment other than employment as a spe-cial constable.

(7) If a special constable is killed or sustains injuries at a time when he holds some other office in the public service of the Federation or of a State, his duty as a special con-stable shall, for the purpose of the Pensions Act, be deemed to form part of his duty as the holder of that other office, and subsections (5) and (6) of this section shall not apply in his case.

(8) Any pension granted by virtue of subsection (5) or (6) of this section shall be

subject to the provisions of the Act under which it is granted and shall be liable to cease

or be otherwise dealt with accordingly.

    1. In this section, “regular police officer” means a police officer who is neither a special constable nor a supernumerary police officer.
  1. Interpretation

In this Part, except where the context otherwise requires, the following expressions have the meanings hereby assigned to them respectively, that is to say-

“competent authority”, in relation to any power to appoint special constables, or to approve their re-engagements, or to suspend or determine their appointments, or to assign ranks to or exercise disciplinary control over special constables, or to hear their appeals against suspension or dismissal, means the Nigeria Police Council or any superior police officer or inspector to whom the power in question has by notice published in the Federal Gazette been delegated in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, and any such notice may, as regards any such power, make different provi-sion with respect to different ranks in the special constabulary;

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“emergency special constable” means an emergency special constable appointed under section 52 of this Act;

“police area” means any police province, police district or police division; “police Area Command”46

“police district” and “police division” mean respectively a police Area Command, police district or police division established under the provisions of standing orders made under section 47 of this Act;

“prescribed” means prescribed by regulations made under section 46 of this Act; “special constable” includes an emergency special constable;

“territory” means a State or the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

58. Repeal and transitional provisions

(1) The Special Constables Act 1959 is hereby repealed, and Government Notice

No. 1598 (Approval of Maximum Personnel Establishment) dated 30th July, 1960 and the Special Constables (Training and Allowance) Regulations 1960, are hereby revoked. [1959 No. 23. L.N. 116 of 1960.]

  1. Subject to subsections (1) and (4) of this section, anything done under or by virtue of the Special Constables Act shall be deemed to have been done under or by virtue of the corresponding provision of this Act; and anything begun under or by virtue of the said Act of 1959 may be continued under or by virtue of this Act as if begun under or by vir-tue of this Act.

(3) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (2) of this section, any person who immediately before the commencement of this Act held an appointment as a special constable under the Special Constables Act shall be deemed to have been appointed un-der and in accordance with the corresponding provisions of this Act on the date and for

the period on or for which he was actually appointed; and service under that Act shall, for the purposes of any pension for which a special constable is eligible by virtue of this Act, be deemed to be service under this Act.

60. Appointment of traffic wardens

(l) Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in any enactment, the Inspector-General is hereby vested with the power to appoint, confirm such appointment, promote, transfer, dismiss or exercise any disciplinary control over any traffic warden.

(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, a person may be appointed a traffic warden if he-

  1. is not less than nineteen nor more than 21 years of age;

(b) is in possession of a minimum educational qualification of primary six;

(c) is not less than 167.64 centimetres and 162.56 centimetres tall respectively for men and women;

(d ) in the case of men, has not less than 86.36 centimetres chest measurement when fully expanded;

  1. is of good character and is physically fit; and
  2. has signified his willingness to serve as a traffic warden.
  3. The President shall, from time to time, by notice published in the Federal Gazette, fix the ma ximum number of persons who may at anyone time hold appointments under this Act; and a person shall not be appointed as a traffic warden if his appointment would cause the number for the time being so fixed to be exceeded.
  4. Nothing in this Act shall affect any pension which was before the commencement of this Act granted under the Special Constables Act; and the provisions of that Act shall continue to apply to any pension so granted as if this Act had not been made.

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Traffic warden service

59. Establishment of the Traffic Warden Service

(l) There is hereby established a Traffic Warden Service (in this Act referred to as

“the warden service”).

(2) The warden service shall consist of traffic wardens appointed from time to time under this Act.

(3) The warden service shall be a part of the Nigeria Police Force, and accordingly references to the police force established under this Act shall, subject to the provisions of this Act, include references to the warden service.

(4) Notwithstanding subsection (3) of this section, in so far as any enactment

(whether passed or made before or after the commencement of this Act) requires police

officers to perform military duties, or confers any power on any person (whether ex-

pressly or in general terms) to require police officers to perform such duties, that enact-

ment shall not, in the absence of express provision to the contrary, extend to traffic war-

dens.

(5) Traffic wardens shall be employed to discharge functions normally undertaken by the police in connection with the control and regulation of, or the enforcement of the law relating to, road traffic and shall in that connection act under the direction of the police.

(6) Without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing subsection, a traffic warden shall be required to deal inter alia with the following, that is to say-

(a) general control and direction of motor traffic on the highway;

(b) assisting pedestrians to cross the road; and

(c) controlling vehicles stopping or parking in unauthorised places.

61. Pe riod of ser vice

(1) Every traffic warden appointed under this Act shall be appointed to serve as a traffic warden for a period of one year; and only in the police province, district or divi-sion in which he resides.

  1. Such a traffic warden may, subject to satisfactory conduct and service, be re-appointed for further periods of three years each until the expiration of the tenth year of his appointment in the warden service when he may elect to determine his appointment or elect that his service be allowed to continue until he is 55 years of age.

62. Powers, etc., of a traffic warden

  1. traffic warden appointed under this Act shall, when on duty, in uniform and within the police province, district or division in which he is appointed to serve, but not else-where, have the powers, privileges and immunities of a police officer under any law re-lating to the regulation of road traffic.

63. Certificate of appointment and of discharg e

Every traffic warden shall, on first appointment, be issued with a certificate of ap-pointment in a form approved by the Inspector-General and on the determination of that or any subsequent appointment (whether by effluxion of time or under section 10 of this Act) shall in like manner be issued with a certificate of discharge.

  1. Ranks of traffic war dens
  2. traffic warden shall have such rank as may be assigned to him by the Inspector-General within the following grades, that is-
  3. Traffic Warden Grade III;

(4) Before fixing any number under subsection (3) of this section, the President shall obtain from the Nigeria Police Council recommendation with respect thereto.

(5) The Inspector-General may from time to time-

  1. with the approval of the President, fix the maximum number of traffic wardens who may at anyone time hold appointments in any State;

(b) at his own discretion fix the maximu m number of traffic wardens who may at anyone time hold any particular rank in the warden service in any State; and

(c) in either case fix different numbers with respect to different States.

(6) I n relation to traffic wardens appointed under this Act-

  1. section 16 of this Act (which relates to the making of a declaration for enlist-ment or re-engagement) shall have effect as if for the reference to enlistment or re-engagement there were substituted respectively a reference to appointment or re-appointment; and

(b) the form of the police declaration prescribed by the Oaths Act shall be adapted by the substitution-

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(i) for the words “police officer” where they occur in the fifth line, of the words “a traffic warden”; and

  1. for the words from “for the preservation of peace” to the end of the declaration, of the words “to discharge all the duties of my office ac-cording to law”.

(b) Trartic Warden Grade II,

  1. Traffic Warden Grade I;
  2. Senior Traffic Warden.

65. Resignation

(1) A traffic warden appointed under this Act may at any time give to any superior police officer under whom he is serving, notice in writing of his intention to resign his appointment on a date mentioned in the notice (not being less than 28 days later than the date on which the notice is given).

(2) On receipt by the superior police officer of the notice referred to in subsection (1) of this section, the superior police officer shall immediately thereafter refer such notice to the Commissioner having control over him and the traffic warden, and if the Commis-

sioner consents to the notice having effect, the appointment of the traffic warden shall determine accordingly.

66. Discipline

(1) In so far as the context so admits, but subject to the provisions of this Act, a traf-fic warden shall be subject to the provisions of the Police Regulations for purposes of discipline.

(2) In the application to traffic wardens of the Second Schedule to the Police Regula-tions, references to Constables, Corporals, Sergeants and Inspectors shall include respec-tively references to Traffic Wardens Grade III, Traffic Wardens Grade II, Traffic War-dens Grade I and Senior Traffic Wardens.

  1. Provision of equipment
    1. The Inspector-General may provide for use by the traffic wardens such equip-ments as he considers necessary for the proper carrying out of the duties of traffic war-dens under this Act.

(2) Any expenses incurred by the Inspector-General under this section shall be de-frayed out of moneys provided by the Federal Government.

68. Deleg ation of po wer by Ins pector-General

The Inspector-General may delegate any of his powers under this Act to the Commis-sioner of a State or the Commandant of a police college (except this power of delegation) so that the delegated powers may be exercised by the delegate with respect to the matters or class of matters specified or defined in the instrument of delegation.

69. Instruction of traffic warden, etc.

(1) Every person appointed into the warden service shall be required to undergo a course of training at the traffic training school of a police college for a period of twelve weeks or such other or further period as the Inspector-General may determine.

(2) A traffic warden appointed under this Act shall have allocated to him a service number with the letters “TW” and the service numbers of all traffic wardens employed in the Federation shall appear on the register kept for that purpose by the Inspector-General.

  1. It shall be the duty of every traffic warden to whom a service number has been allocated under subsection (2) of this section, whenever on duty to wear such service number on the shoulder tlaps of his uniform.

SUBSIDIARY LEGIS LATION

List of Subsidiary Legislation

I. Nigeria Police Regulations.

  1. Traffic Wardens (Maximum number of persons) Notice.

NIGERIA POLICE REGULATIONS

ARRANGEMENT OF REGULATIONS

PART I

General

REGULATION

  1. Short title and revocation.

2. Interpretation.

PART II

Organisation of the Force

Territorial boundaries

  1. Office of the Inspector-General to be deemed a police Area Command.
  2. Division of the Federation into police Area Commands.
  3. Territorial divisions of police Zonal Commands, etc.
  4. Police station area of responsibility not to be territorially subdivided.
  5. Division of large urban area for police purposes.
  6. Territorial boundaries of police areas of responsibility.
  7. Adjustment of police territorial boundaries.

10. Police territorial boundaries to be published in the Federal Gazelle.

Command of the Force

    1. Command of the Force.
    2. Command of Police Zonal and State Command.
  1. Command of Police Area Command.
    1. Command of police di vision.
  2. Command of police district.
    1. Command of police station.
  3. Command of police post.
    1. Command of village post.

Situation of police headquarters, etc.

  1. Situation of headquarters.
  2. Situation of police station.
  3. Situation of police post and village post, etc.

Grading of police stations and posts

  1. Grading of police stations and posts.
  2. Prescribed authority for setting up and closure of police formations.
  3. Regrading of formation to be published in the Federal Gazelle.

Police mobile force

25. Establishment of police mobile force.

REGULATIO

  1. Arming and equipping of police mobile force.
  2. Control of police mob ile force.
  3. Service in the police mob ile force.

Motor Traffic Divisions

  1. Establishment of Motor Tra ffic Div ision.
  2. Functions of Motor Traffic Div ision.
  3. Co mmand of Motor Tra ffic Div ision.

Organisation of subordinate Headquarters

32. Organisation of subordinate Headquarters formations.

PART III

Organi sation of Force Headquarters

  1. Inspector-General to establish “A”, “13”, ” C”, “0”, etc., Departments in Force Head-quarters.
    1. Co mmand of Force Headquarters Depart ments.
  2. Duty of co-ordinating the work of Force Headquarters Departments.
    1. Co mmand of a Branch of Force Headquarters Department.
  3. Inspector-General may classify any police formation as Force Headquarters formation.

PART IV

Appoinunenis

Superior police officers and inspectors

  1. Types of appointments.
    1. Direct entry appointments.
  2. Recruit ment of overseas officers on contract terms.

Qualifications and conditions ofservice, Cadet ASPs

  1. Appointment as Cadet ASP restricted to general duties officers.
  2. Qualifications.

Qualifications required of technical officers

  1. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (V 10).
  2. Quali fications for appointment as ASP (workshops).
  3. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (stores).
  4. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (works).
  5. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (public re lations).
  6. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (art).
  1. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (film p roduction).
  2. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (photography).
  3. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (libra ry).

Appointment of cadet sub-inspectors (direct entry)

REGULA TION

  1. Qualifications for appoint ment as cadet sub-inspectors.
  2. Appointment of cadet sub-inspector on probation.
  3. Accelerated pro motion.

Conditions of service of cadet officer

  1. Train ing courses.
  2. Extension of tra ining courses.
  3. General service prov isions.
    1. OITe r of alternati vc appoint ment.
    2. Termination of appoint ment.
  4. Resignations.
    1. Interview of cadet office r for appoint ment.
  5. Probationary period (general duties officers).
    1. Probationary period (technical duties officers).
    2. Extension of probationary period.
    3. Confirmat ion of officers on probation.
    4. Resignation-officers on probation.
    5. Termination of probationary appoint ments.
    6. Offer o f a lternative e mp loy ment.

Conditions of trial period of service of assistant superintendents

  1. Confirmat ion of ASPS on tria l.
  2. Reversion in rank of A SP on tria l.

PART V

Enlistment, rank and file

  1. Recru it ment office rs.
  2. Qualifications for en listment.
  3. Deformit ies and abnorma lities to be a bar to en list ment.
  4. Entrance exa mination.
  5. Entrance exa mination syllabus.

Enlistment procedure

  1. Candidates to apply to Area Co mmander in first instance.
  2. Area Co mmander to intervie w applicants.
  3. Area Co mmander to inform candidates who are not to be called fo r intervie w.
  4. Re jection of a candidate after intervie w by Area Co mmander.
  5. Area Co mmander to ma intain A rea Co mmand Recru its Reg ister.
  6. Application to Enlist Forms to be forwa rded to recruit ment officer.
  7. Definit ion of Police Area Co mmander.

Force entrance examination procedure

REGULATION

  1. Holding of entrance examination.
  2. Recruitment officers may select candidates for entrance examination.
  3. Candidate to be fingerprinted.
  4. Notification of failure at the examination.
  5. Recruitment officer to maintain Recruits Control Register.
  6. Notification of success at the examination.
  7. Medical examination for candidates.
  8. Attestation of candidates.
  9. Rejection by Police Area Commander of candidates.
  10. Area Commander to forward candidates’ records to recruitment officer.
  1. Fingerprints search.
  2. Call up of candidates.
  3. Candidate to be provided with free travel warrant to reporting centre.
  4. Identity check at interview of candidate by recruitment officer.
  5. Administration of declaration on oath, preliminaries.
  6. Administration of Police Declaration.
  7. Approval for service.

Procedure on rejection of candidate

  1. Rejection of candidate by recruitment officer.
  2. Issue of free travel warrant to rejected candidate.
  3. Recruitment officer to advise I.G. of rejection of candidate.

Training of recruit constables

  1. Training courses for recruit constables.
  2. Extension of training courses.

Appointment of constables

  1. Appointment to rank of constable.
  2. Allocation of Force Numbers.
  3. Terms of service.

109. Service records.

Varying or dispensing with prescribed qualifications 110. Prescribed qualifications may be varied or dispensed with.

  1. Inspector-General’s authority required for dispensing with prescribed qualifications. I 12. Sub-standard entrants.

I 13. Sub-standard entrants not to be transferred.

General provisions

  1. 14. Reasons for rejection of application to enlist need not be given.
  2. Unsuccessful candidates may resit the entrance examination.

Discharge of recruit constables

REGULATION

  1. Termination of service of recruit constable.
  2. Inspector-General to be informed of reason for discharge.

Enlistment of women police

I 18. Qualifications for women candidates for enlistment in the Force.

  1. Enlistment procedure.
  2. Interviewing of women candidates for enlistment.

Duties of women police

  1. General duties of women police officers.
  2. Employment of women police in offices.

Women police miscellaneous conditions of service

  1. Women police not to drill under arms.
  2. Women police to apply for permission to marry.
  3. No special privileges to be granted to married women police.
  4. Maternity leave.
  5. Pregnancy of unmarried women police.
  6. Women police not to wear jewellery, etc., on duty.

Enlistment of constable drivers

  1. Enlistment procedure and qualitications required.
  2. Training course.
  3. Recruit constables may be enlisted as constable drivers.

Police constable bandsmen

  1. Enlistment procedure.
    1. Action by station officer.
    2. Initial interview.
    3. Initial training period.
    4. Admittance to School of Music.

Re-engagement and re-enlistment of membe rs of the rank and file

  1. Re-engagements.
  2. Notice of intention to re-engage or not to re-engage.
  3. Completion of re-engagement formalities.
  4. Conditions of re-engagement.
  5. Failure to apply for re-engagement or continued service.
  6. Pol. Form AI 117 to be completed on re-engagement.
  7. Conditions of continued service.
  8. Action in case of continued service not formally authorised.
  9. Re-engagement of constables after discharge.
  10. Re-engagement of NCOs. after discharge.

REGULATION

  1. Re-engagement of ex-me mbers of the Force in certain cases.
  2. Re-engagement of members of the Technical Branch.

PART VI

Promotions

General Duties Branch

  1. Principles governing promotions.
  2. Advancement of ASPs through the Long Grade salary scale.
  3. Advancement of SPs through the Long Grade salary scale.

Force Inspectorate

  1. Selection of candidates for promotion.
  2. Promotion courses and Selection Board.
  3. Composition of Selection Board.
  4. Candidates to be promoted on probation only.
    1. Confirmation examination.
    2. Recommendation at the conclusion of probation period.
  1. Extension of trial period.
  2. Reversion to previous rank.
    1. Promotions, confirmations and reversions to be published in the Federal Gazette.
    2. Advancement to other grades in the Force inspectorate.

Rank and file

    1. Incremental advancement and promotion of members of rank and tile.
  1. Accelerated advancement in certain cases.
    1. Promotions to be on area command basis and against vacancies in area command establishments.
    2. General principles governing promotion of members of rank and file.
    3. Special qualifications for promotion.
    4. Promotion to the rank of corporal.
    5. Accelerated promotion to the rank of corporal.
    6. Probation for six months on promotion.
    7. Probation for six months on promotion of corporal to sergeant.
    8. Reversion in rank for inefficiency.
    9. Reduction in rank of NCO on ground of misconduct: reinstatement.
    10. Rank and File Interview Boards.
    11. Composition of Rank and File Interview Boards.
    12. Classification of candidates for advancement or promotion.
    13. Rank and File Interview Board Reports.
    14. Rank and File Promotions Merit Lists.
    15. Special recommendation for promotion.
    16. NCOs Promotions Selection Boards.
    17. Interview Board reports.

Promotion courses

  1. EGULATION
    1. Selected candidates to attend promotion courses.
      1. Exe mptions to rules governing promotion to corporal and sergeant.
      2. Instruction staff may be exempted from attending Refresher Course School.
PART VII
The Technical branches of the Force
General
184. Technical branches of the Force.
  1. Functions of the Force Mechanical Workshops Branch.
186. Functions of the Force Marine Branch.
Functions of the Force Supply Branch.
187.
  1. Functions of the Force Works Branch.
189. Duties of Force Public Relations Branch.
Qualificationsfor appointment into the technical branches
190. Launch Quartermaster.
Launch Masters.
191.
ASP (Marine Branch).
192.
Launch Engineer, Grade III.
193.
Promotions of Launch Engineers.
194.
195. Promotion of Launch Engineers to assistant workshops officer.
Police craftsmen.
196.
197. Promotion of craftsmen to assistant foreman.
198. Advancement of assistant foreman (craftsman).
199. Promotion to foreman.
200. Promotion to assistant workshops officer.
201. Police artisans.
202. Promotion of Police artisans to assistant foreman, Grade II.
203. Police artisans, limitation of promotion.
204. Qualification for appointment as assistant police public relations officer,
  1. Qualification for appointment as assistant artist.
206. Qualification for appointment as art studio assistant.
207. Qualification for appointment as cinema supervisor.
208. Qualification for appointment as driver-projectionist.
209. Qualification for appointment as assistant photographer.
210. Qualification for appointment as assistant library officer.
211. Qualification for appointment as library assistant.
212. Qualification for appointment as library attendant.
Enlistment to the technical branches of the Force
213. Enlistment procedure.

REGULATION

214. Incremental credits for new appointments to a technical branch .

Supplemental

  1. Powers, privileges and immunities .
  2. Duties.
  3. Equivalent police ranks.
  4. Discipline, launch masters/engineers .
  5. Discipline, workshops personnel.
  6. Salary on demotion of a member of a technical branch.
  7. Appointment of assistant workshop officers: qualifying periods of service.

PART VIII

Establishment and functions of police colleges, etc.

Police College /keja

  1. Establishment of the Police College Ikeja.
  2. Functions of Police College Ikeja.
  3. Command of Police College Ikeja.
  4. Police recruitment officer.

Police College Kaduna

  1. Establishment of the Police College Kaduna.
  2. Functions of Police College Kaduna.
  3. Command of Police College Kaduna.
  4. Police recruitment officer.

Refresher course schools

  1. Establishment of refresher course schools.
  2. Functions of refresher course schools.
  3. Number of students at refresher course school.
  4. Command of refresher course schools .

PART IX

Establishment of police bands and corps of drums

  1. Establishment of central police band.
  2. Establishment of police area command band.
  3. Functions of police bands .
  4. Private engagement of services of police band or corps of drums.
  5. Power to refuse application for engagement.
  6. Force band fund.
  7. Band (engagement fees) fund.
  8. Administration offorce band fund and band (engagement fees) fund.
  9. Fees for private engagements.
  10. Transport fees.

REGULATION

  1. Waiving of fees.
  2. Distribution of fees.

Nigeria Police School of Music

  1. Establishment of Nigeria Police School of Music.
  2. Director of Nigeria Police School of Music.
  3. Functions of the Nigeria Police School of Music.
  4. Number of bandsmen.

PART X

The police station

Functions and organisation

  1. Functions of the police station.
  2. Setting up of mobile police stations.

Records to be kept at police stations, etc.

  1. Crime Prevention Records, Criminal Records , Minor Offences Records, etc.
  2. Police Station Crime Prevention Records.
  3. Police Station Criminal Records.
  4. Police Stations Records of motor traffic offences, and offences against bye-laws.
  5. Police Station Records of Incidents.
  6. Registers of Record, police post.
  7. Registers of Record, village police post.
  8. Inspector-General may order additional records to be kept.

Control of police stations

260. Station Officer 2i/ c.

  1. Assistant Station Officer.
  2. Assistant Station Officer to act for Station Officer.
  3. Senior NCO or constable to act as Station Officer.

Administrative organisation

  1. Police station administrative organisation.
  2. Control of station administrative and executive duties.
  3. Station Officer 2i/ c to be Station Crime Duties Officer.
  4. Appointment of Minor Offences Officer.

The charge office

  1. Establishment of Station Charge Room.

PA RT XI

Force orders and instructions

Nature and form of Force Orders

  1. Nature of Force Orders.

REGULA TION

  1. Form of Force Orders.
  2. Police Orders.
  3. Police Formation Orders.

PART XII

The ranks of the Force, insignia of rank , precedence and uniforms

Rank of the Force and Insignia

  1. Ranks and insignia of rank.
  2. Rank to denote duties in certain cases.
  3. Ranks of workshop personnel.
  4. Ranks of launch quartermasters.
  5. Police artisans to wear craft emblems.
  6. Police artisans and general duties personnel; equivalent ranks.

Significant uniforms and undress uniforms

  1. Significant Uniforms of the Force.
  2. Order of dress and dress regulations.
  3. Badge of the Force.
  4. Wearing of insignia of rank.

PART XIII

Force animals

Police Service horses

  1. Force Equitation Officer.
    1. Establishment of Force Equitation School.
    2. Functions of Force Equitation School.
    3. Training of Police Service horses.

Police Camelry Corps

287. Police Camelry Corps.

Police Service dogs

  1. Classes of Police Service dogs.
  2. The Force Dogmaster.
  3. Police Service dog handlers.
  4. Establishment of Force Police Service Dog Training Centre.
  5. Functions of Force Police Service Dog Training Centre.
  6. Force Service Dog Establishment.
  7. Police Kennels.
  8. Police Kennelmen.
  9. Police Service dogs to be innoculated against rabies.

Purchase of Force animals

REGULATION

  1. Inspector-General to be responsible for purchase of Force animals.
  2. Horses to be purchased in Nigeria.
  3. Principal requirements of a horse to be purchas ed for the Force.
  4. Dogs may be purchased in Nigeria or overseas.
  5. Breeds of dogs to be purchased.
  6. Requirements of dogs to be purchased for service with the Force.
    1. Veterinary officer’s certificate of fitness.

Identification of service animals, ete.

    1. Identification numbers for Force animals.
    2. Manner of affixing identification number.
  1. Disposal of service animals.
    1. Veterinary officer’s report if Force animal dies.
    2. Power to order inquiry into cause of death of Force animal.

309.

310.

311.

312.

313.

314.

315.

316.

317.

318.

319.

320.

321.

322.

323.

324.

325.

326.

327.

328.

329.

330.

331.

PART XIV

Duties of officers

Duties of the Inspector-General.

Nigeria Police annual report.

Orders relating to duty post not specified in regulations or standing orders.

Duties of Deputy Inspector-General.

Duties of Assistant Inspector-General.

General duties of officers controlling Departments.

Duties of the officer in charge of the Force Central C.I.D.

Duties of Commissioner of Police for a State Command.

Commissioner to report movements.

Duties of Provincial Police Officer.

Police Area Commander to report to Inspector-General and to Commissioner, the commission of offences.

General duties of Police Area Commander.

Absence of Police Area Commander from Area Command.

Absence of Police Area Commander from headquarters.

Duties of Station Officer.

Station Officer to report offences (0 District or Divisional Police Officer.

General duties of Station Officer.

Station Officer inspection duties.

Station Officer to report absence from station.

Station Officer not to leave locale of station area without permission.

Training duties of station officer.

Drill parades and riot drill.

Duties of administrative officer.

REGULA TION

    1. Crime duties of officer 2i/c of police station.
    2. Duties of the Charge Room Officer.
    3. Charge Room Officer not to leave Charge Room.
    4. Station Writer to be seated at Charge Desk.
    5. Duties of Station Writer.
    6. Duties generally.
    7. Furtherance of the good name of the Force.
    8. Standards of conduct of police officer.
    9. The attributes of a police officer.
    10. Liability for misuse of powers.
    11. Police officers to study first-aid.
  1. Duties of superior police officers generally.
    1. Superior police officer to report if incapacitated for duty.
  2. Duties of inspectors and non-commissioned officers generally.
  3. Duties of constables.
    1. Obedience to orders.
    2. Duties generally.
    3. Duty postings.
    4. Hours of duty.
    5. Police officer’s responsibility when off duty.

PA RT XV

Code of conduct

  1. Complaint of grievances and wrongs.
  2. Conduct of police officers generally.
  3. Receiving or giving of presents prohibited.
  4. Gifts from subordinates.
  5. Gifts to be surrendered to Accountant-General in certain cases.
  6. Memorial funds.
  7. Acceptance of entertainment.
  8. Lending money at interest prohibited.
  9. Borrowing, etc., prohibited.
  10. Serious financial embarrassment.
  11. Serious financial embarrassment to be reported to the Inspector General.
  12. Serious financial embarrassment to be a disqualification for promotion.
  13. Outside employment, etc.
  14. Petition writing.
  15. Investments owned by police officers.
  16. Institution of legal proceedings.
  17. Conduct on leave.

PART XVI

Discipline

A.-Superior police officers

REGULATION

369. Disciplinary proceedings against superior police officers.

B.-Officers other than superior police officers

  1. Offences against discipline.
  2. Punishments that may be imposed.
  3. Competent authority.
  4. Powers of delegated officers.
  5. Liability of officers to prosecution undiminished.

Reporting of offences

  1. Reporting of offences .
    1. Officers to whom reports are to be made.
    2. Result of preliminary inquiries and action taken to be endorsed on report.
  2. Inspector-General may direct any superior police officer or inspector to conduct preliminary inquiries.

Making of charges

  1. Offences against discipline.
  2. Powers of competent authority.

Summary investigations

  1. Summary investigation.
  2. Conduct of summary investigations in certain cases.
  3. Form of me morandum.
  4. Conduct of summary investigations.

Punishment

  1. Notification of punishment to the defaulter.
  2. Effective date of punishment.
  3. Records of punishment to be published in Force Orders.
  4. Punishment to be entered in Service Records.
  5. Inspector-General may order removal of punishment entries from Record of Service.

Appeals against punishment

  1. Appellate authorities.
  2. Right of appeal.
  3. Power of appellate authority.

Review of punishments

393. Review of summary investigation.

Supplemental

REGULATION

  1. Interdiction from duty.
  2. Powers, privileges, etc., of junior officer during interdiction.
  3. Pay during period of interdiction.
  4. Absence without leave-pay to be forfeited.
  5. Desertion.
  6. Continual misconduct.
  7. Damage to or loss of equipment.
  8. Fines and stoppages .
  9. Delivering up of accoutrements and other property when leaving the Force.
  10. Grave offences or series of serious offences agains t discipline.

PART XVII

Miscellaneous provisions

  1. Salaries of general duties police officers.
  2. Salaries of Technical Officers.
  3. Leave provisions.
  4. Medical Boards.
  5. Master Records of Service.
  6. Records of Service-non-commissioned officers and constables.
  7. Re-allocation of Force Numbers .
  8. CRO Forms .
  9. Warrant Cards.
  10. Discharge Certi ficates .
  11. Arms for the Force.
  12. Transfer from the General Duties Branch to the Technical Branch.
  13. Sale of unclaimed property.
  14. Register of unclaimed property.
  15. Police Reward Fund.
  16. Appointment of police Aide-de-Camp.
  17. Forms.

FIRST SCHEDULE

Offences against discipline

SECOND SCHEDULE

Punishments Powers of officers to award and to whom awarded

THIRD SCHEDULE

Forms

NIGERIA POLICE REGULATIONS 1968

under section 46

[1st April, 1968]

[Commencement.]

PART I

General

  1. Short title

These Regulations may be cited as the Nigeria Police Regulations.

  1. Interpretation
    1. In these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires the following expres-sions have the meanings hereby assigned to them, that is to say-

“the Act” means the Police Act;

“area command” means a Police Area Command.

  1. In these Regulations, any reference to a Part, regulation or Schedule not otherwise identified is a reference to that Part, regulation or Schedule of these Regulations.

PA RT II

Organisation of the Force

Territorial boundaries

  1. Office of the Inspector-General to be deemed a Police Area Command

For the purposes of these Regulations, the office of the Inspector-General shall be deemed to be a Police Area Command and may be referred to as Force Headquarters.

4. Division of the Federation into Police Area Commands

For the purpose of command and administration of the Force, the Federation of Ni-geria shall be divided territorially into-

  1. Akwa-Iborn State Police Area Command;
  2. Anambra State Police Area Command;
  3. Bauchi Slate Police Area Command;
  4. Bendel State Police Area Command;
    1. Benue Stale Police Area Command;
      1. Borno Stale Police Area Command;
      2. Cross-River State Police Area Command;

(h) Gongola State Police Area Command;

  1. Imo State Police Area Command;
  2. Niger State Police Area Command;
  3. Ogun State Police Area Command;
  4. Ondo State Police Area Command;
    1. Plateau State Police Area Command;
    2. Rivers State Police Area Command;

(u)Sokoto State Police Area Command;

      1. Federal Capital Territory, Abuja Police Area Command.
  1. Territorial divisions of police Zonal Commands , e tc . For the purposes of command and administration-
      1. police commands (excepting Force Headquarters) shall be divided territorially into police area commands;

(b)

police area commands shall be sub-divided territorially into police districts and police divisions; and

    1. police districts and police divisions shall be sub-divided territorially into police station areas.
  1. Police stati on area of res ponsibility not to be territori all y sub- divided
    1. police station area of responsibility shall not be subject to territorial division, but where this is deemed expedient a police post or village police post may be set up as re-porting and patrol centres within the police station area.
  2. Di vision of large urban area for police purpo ses

In this division of large urban areas into police territorial areas, the principal sub-division shall be the police division.

8. Territorial boun daries of police areas of res ponsibility

(1) The territorial boundaries of an area command shall conform to the territorial boundaries of the State of the Federation which it polices.

  1. The territorial boundaries of police area command generally shall conform to the territorial boundaries of administrative area commands:

Provided that the Inspector-General may in cases where he is of the opinion that it is necessary for the efficient policing of an administrative area command, establish a po-lice area command to conform to the territorial boundaries of-

  1. an administrative division of the area command; or
  2. two or more contiguous administrative divisions of the area command.
  3. The territorial boundaries of police districts generally shall conform to the territo-rial boundaries of administrative divisions of area commands:

Provided that the Inspector-General may, with the prescribed approval, establish a police district to conform to the territorial boundaries of two or more contiguous admin-istrative divisions of an area command.

  1. The territorial boundaries of a police division shall be determined by the Inspec-tor-General acting with the prescribed approval.
  2. In fixing the territorial boundaries of a police division, the Inspector-General shall take into account the following-
  3. density of population;
    1. crime statistics;
    2. traffic (density, routes and accidents);
    3. property (residential, business and industrial); and
    4. public centres of amusement.
    5. The territorial boundaries of the area of responsibility of each police station shall be determined by the Inspector-General.
    6. The territorial boundaries of the area of responsibility of a police post or a village police post shall be determined by the commissioner of police for the police command, acting with the approval of the Inspector-General.
  4. Adjus tment of police territorial boundaries

The Inspector-General may, in respect of police divisions and of police operational

formations, subordinate to a police area command where he is of the opinion that it is

necessary for the efficient policing of an outlying areas to transfer such area from the area

of responsibility of one operational police formation to another, make such adjustment to

the territorial boundaries of the police formations concerned as may be necessary to ef-

fect the transfer.

10. Police territorial boundaries to be published in the Gazettee

The Inspector-General shall publish the description of the territorial boundaries of police divisions, police districts and police stations in the Federal Gazette.

Command of the Force

11. Command of the Force

(1) The command of the Force shall be exe rcised by the Inspector-General.

    1. The Inspector-General shall in the performance of his duties be assisted by five deputy Inspectors-General.
  1. Command of police Zonal and S tate Comman d

(1) A police zonal command shall be commanded by an assistant Inspector-General of police for the zonal command.

    1. A police state command shall be commanded by the commissioner of police for the state command.
  1. Command of police Area Command

(1) A police area command shall be commanded, subject to the control of the com-missioner of police for the state command of which the police area command forms a division, by an officer of not below the rank of assistant commissioner of police.

(2) The superior police officer commanding a police area command shall be desig-nated the Police Area Commander.

14. Command of police division

(1) A police division shall be commanded by a superior police officer of not below the rank of assistant superintendent of police, who shall be designated the Divisional Po-lice Officer.

(2) The Divisional Police Officer, shall be subject to the control of–

(a) the Police Area Commander, where the police division commanded forms part of a police area command; or

(b) the commissioner of police for the state command, where the police division commanded does not form part of a police area command.

15. Command of police district

(1) A police district shall be commanded by an officer not below the rank of inspec-

tor.

(2) The police officer commanding a police district shall be designated the District Police Officer.

16. Command of police station

(1) Each police station shall be commanded, subject to the control of the officer in

charge of the police district or police division of which it forms a sub-division, by an of-

ficer of not below the rank of sub-inspector.

(2) The officer commanding a police station shall be designated the Officer in Charge of the Police Station or the Station Officer.

  1. Command of police pos t
    1. A police post shall be commanded, subject to the control of the officer in charge of the police station of which the post forms a sub-division, by a police officer of not be-low the rank of corporal.
    1. The officer in charge of a police post shall be so designated.
  1. Command of village pos t

(1) A village police post shall be commanded, subject to the control of the officer in charge of the police station or police post of which the village police post forms a sub-division, by a police officer of the rank of corporal or by a police constable with not less than five years’ service.

(2) The officer in charge of a village police post shall be so designated.

Situation of police headquarters, etc.

19. Situation of headquarters

(1) The headquarters of each police zonal command shall be situated in the town where the zonal headquarters is situated.

  1. The headquarters of each police State command shall be situated in the capital of the State which it polices.

(3) The headquarters of the police area command shall be situated in the town in which the administrati ve headquarters of the area command is situated.

  1. The headquarters of a police division shall be situated in such place as the In-spector-General, acting with the prescribed approval, shall direct.

(5) The headquarters of a police district shall be situated in such place as the Inspec-tor-General, acting with the prescribed approval, shall direct.

20. Situation of police station

    1. police station shall be situated in such place as the Inspector-General, acting with the prescribed approval, shall direct.
  1. Situation of police post and village pos t, etc.
      1. A police post shall be situated in such place as the Inspector-General, acting with the prescribed approval, shall direct.

(2) A village police post shall be situated in such place as the commissioner of police for the area command acting with the approval of the Inspector-General, shall direct.

  1. In this regulation and in regulations 8, 19 and 20, “prescribed approval” means the approval of the President.

Grading of police stations and posts

  1. Grad ing o f po lice stations and posts
    1. The grading of formations, performing the functions of police stations or posts shall be as provided in paragraph (2) of this regulation.

(2) A formation with a permanent personnel establishment-

(a) of more than fourteen, shall be graded as a police station;

(b)

Cc)

of less than thirteen but of three or less, shall be

more than graded as

three, shall be graded as a police post; and a village police post.

  1. Prescribed authority for setting up and closure of police formations The prescribed authority for-
  2. the setting up of new police area commands, districts and divisions, and for the closure of police area commands, districts and divisions;

(b)

the setting up of new police stations and new police posts, and for the regrad-ing of police stations and police posts, and for the closure of police stations

and police posts;

  1. the setting up of new police formations generally and the closure of, or the disbandment of such formations; and

(d) the fixing of personnel establishments for police formations,

shall be the President, acting with the advice of the Nigeria Police Council.

24. Regrading of formation to be published in the Federal Gazette

The setting up of, the regrading of and the closure of any of the formations mentioned in regulation 23, shall be published in the Federal Gazette.

Police mobile force

25. Es tablishment of police mobile force

    1. police mobile force shall be established and maintained to act as a police striking force in the event of riots or other serious disturbances occurring within the Federation.
  1. Arming and equipping of police mobile force

The police mobile force shall be constituted, armed and equipped as the President, acting with the advice of the Nigeria Police Council, shall direct.

27. Control of police mobile force

The police mobile force shall be controlled by the Inspector-General and shall be classified as formation of Force Headquarters.

28. Service in the police mobile force

Every member of the Force is liable for service with the police mobile force for a total period of service not exceeding 36 months.

Motor traffic divisions

29. Es tablishment of motor traffic di vision

For the better control of motor traffic, the Inspector-General may, acting with the pre-scribed approval, establish a motor traffic division for duty within the area of respon-sibility of a police area command or a police division.

30. Functions of motor tratlic division

The functions of a motor traffic division shall include-

(a) the co-ordination of police traffic control duties in the area of responsibility of the motor traffic division;

  1. the advising of local authorities on the setting up of physical aids to traffic control;
  2. the preparation of the plans of scenes of motor traffic accidents and the testing for roadworthiness of motor vehicles involved in accidents;
  3. subject to the approval of the Inspector-General, the investigation and prose-cution of motor traffic offences; and
    1. the maintenance of motor vehicle traffic statistics.

31. Comman d of motor traffic division

The command of a motor traffic division shall be vested in a superior police officer, who shall be subject to the control of the Commissioner of Police for the State command or such other officer as the Inspector-General may direct.

Organisation of subordinate headquarters

32. Org anisation of subordinate headquarters formations

The organisation of subordinate police headquarters formations shall follow the de-partmental pattern of organisation established in Force Headquarters in pursuance of regulation 33, with such modifications as are necessary, having regard to the seniority of the formation.

PA RT III

Organisation of Force headquarters

  1. Ins pector -General to establish “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, etc ., departments in Force headquarters

The Inspector-General may establish within the framework of Force Headquarters the following departments, namely-

  1. “A” Department (Finance and Administration) consisting 01′-

(i) Administrative Branch;

(ii) Secret Registry Branch;

(iii) Personnel Branch; and

(iv) Welfare Branch;

(b) “B” Department (Operations) consisting of-

(i) Operations Branch;

(ii) Traffic Branch;

(iii) Force Signals Branch;

(iv) Force Mechanical Workshops (Transport) Branch;

    1. Force Marine Branch; and (vi) Force Animals Branch;
  1. “C” Department (Logistics and Supply) consisting of-

(i) Supply Branch; and

    1. Works Branch;
  1. “D” Department (Federal Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence) consisting of-
  2. the Force Training Department;

(f) “G” Department (Public Relations) consisting 01′ –

[L.N. 6 of 1975.]

(i) Press and Publications Branch;

(ii) Employee Information Branch;

(iii) Community Relations and Publicity Branch;

(iv) Complaints Bureau.

34. Command of Force Headquarters Departments

    1. The Inspector-General shall assign the command of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” and Training Departments each to a Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
    2. The command of the “G” Department to a staff officer of the rank of Assistant Commissioner or above.
  1. Duty of co-ordinating the work of Force He adquarters De partme nts

The Inspector-General shall assign to a commissioner of police the duty of co-ordinating the work of G” Department (Public Relations).

  1. Command of a branch of Force Headquarters De partme nt

Subject to the authority of the superior police officer to whom the command of a De-partment is assigned in pursuance of regulation 34, each branch of a Department shall be commanded by a police officer of the rank of inspector or above.

  1. Ins pector-General may classify any police formation as Force Headquarters formation

For the purpose of control and administration, the Inspector-General may in his dis-cretion classify any particular police formation as a Force Headquarters formation and a police formation so classified shall be under the direct operational control of the Inspec-tor-General.

PART IV

Appointments Superior police officers and inspectors

Appointment of superior police officers

38. Types of appointments

The types of appointment that may be made to the pensionable establishments of the superior police officers of the Force are as follows, that is to say-

  1. a general duties appointment to the rank of assistant superintendent of police on trial of a member of the Force Inspectorate;

(b) a general duties appointment by direct entry to the rank of assistant super-intendent of police on probation of a cadet assistant superintendent of police who has successfully completed a police training course;

  1. a technical duties appointment to the rank of assistant superintendent of police on probation of-

(i) a member of the Force Inspectorate; or

(ii) a direct entry appointment; and

  1. a general duties or technical duties appointment, in a rank and on terms of

service to be specified by the Nigeria Police Council, of an officer transferred from the civil service of the Federation or of a State.

39. Direct entr y appointments

When vacancies in the establishment of assistant superintendents of police cannot, by reason of unavailability of suitable candidates, be filled by promotions from within the Force, the Inspector-General shall so inform the Nigeria Police Council, and may request it to arrange for the posts to be filled by direct entry.

40. Recruitment of overseas officers on contract terms

  1. In the event of there being no suitable indigenous candidates for appointment to a particular duty post, the Inspector-General may request the Nigeria Police Council to till the post by direct entry of an overseas officer on contract terms.

(2) The appointment of officers on contract terms shall be held against vacancies in the pensionable establishments of the Force.

Qualifications and conditions of service, cadet ASP’s

41. Appointment as cadet AS P restricted to general duties officers

The appointments of cadet assistant superintendents of police shall be restricted to trainees destined for general duties appointments in the Force.

42. Qualifications

(1) The general qualifications required of a male or female candidate for appointment as a cadet assistant superintendent of police (general duties) are as follows-

(a) age-not below 23 years or above 28 years;

  1. physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being physically and mentally tit for service in the Force;

(c)

education-must be in possession of a pass degree from a university recog-nised by the Federal Ministry of Education;

(d)

character-must be exemplary;

  1. financial status-must be free from pecuniary embarrassment.

(2) A male candidate shall be not less than 1.67 metres in height anal shall have an expanded chest measurement of not less than 86 centimetres.

  1. A female candidate shall be unmarried, and shall be not less than 1.67 metres in height.

Qualifications required of technical officers 43. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (VIO)

(1) The qualifications required of a candidate for a probationary appointment as an assistant superintendent or police (vehicle inspection officer) are as follows-

  1. age-not less than 25 years;

(b)

physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being physically and mentally fit for service in the Force;

  1. education-must have been educated to the standard of the West African School Certificate, or its equivalent.
  2. Subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) of this regulation, a candidate is re-quired to be in possession of one or more of the following certificates-

(a) City and Guilds Motor Vehicle Technicians Certificate;

(b) City and Guilds Motor Vehicle Mechanics Certificate;

(c) the National or the Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering;

(d) Membership of the Institute of Motor Industry;

  1. Diploma in Automobile or Agricultural Engineering;

if)Diploma of the Chelsea College.

(3) A candidate who has held the rank of Staff Sergeant Artificer or above, or Engine Room Artificer (Nigerian Navy), may be considered as having complied with the re-quirements of paragraph (2) of this regulation.

44. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (workshops )

(1) The qualifications required of a candidate for a probationary appointment as an assistant superintendent of police (workshops) are as follows-

  1. age-not less than 28 years;

(b) physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being physically and mentally tit for service in the Force;

  1. education-must be in possession of the West African School Certificate or general Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level).
  1. A candidate is required to have served a recognised apprenticeship, and to have had at least seven years’ post-apprenticeship experience in the motor trade with a reput-able firm, or a government department, or public corporation, or the armed forces , and in addition, subject to the provisions of paragraph (3) of this regulation, must be in posses-sion of one or more of the following certificates or diplomas:
  2. City and Guilds Certificate in Motor Vehicle Electricians’ Work;
  3. City and Guilds Certificate in Motor Vehicle Technicians’ Work;

(c) City and Guilds Certificate in Motor Vehicle Electricians ‘ Work and in Motor Vehicles Technicians’ Work;

(d) Ordinary National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering;

    1. Associate Membership of the Institute of the Motor Industry.
  1. A candidate who has had at least ten years’ post apprenticeship experience may be considered for appointment even if he does not have any of the certificates or diplo-mas specified in paragraph (2) of this regulation.

45. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (stores)

  1. The qualifications required of a candidate for a probationary appointment as an assistant superintendent of police (stores) are as follows-

(a)

physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being

physically and mentally fit for service in the Force;

(b)

education-must be in possession of the West African School Certificate, or

the General Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level).

    1. A candidate is required to have a thorough knowledge of stores accounting pro-cedures, and to have served for not less than seven years in a stores branch of a govern-ment department, or public corporation or to have served as a Regimental Quartermaster.
  1. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (works)
    1. The qualifications required of a candidate for a probationary appointment as an

assistant superintendent of police (works) are-

  1. physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being physically and mentally fit for service in the Force;

(b)

education-must be in possession of the General Certificate of Education (Or-dinary Level) with a pass in English language, plus advanced level passes in

any two of the following subjects-

History, Geography, Mathematics, Economics, British Constitution, British Economic History, any non-Nigerian language, or any science subject.

  1. The candidate is required to be in possession of a building construction or a civil engineering qualification obtained in any of the following institutions-

(a) College of Technology, Yaba;

(b) the Hammersmith School of Building, London, the Battersea Polytechnic, London, Brixton School of Building, London; or

    1. any other college or polytechnic in the United Kingdom or elsewhere which

offers courses in building construction and civil engineering and is recognised by the Federal Ministry of Education.

      1. A candidate who has held the post of Works Superintendent or its equivalent in a government department or public corporation, may be considered for appointment even if he does not possess any of the qualifications specified in paragraph (2) of this regulation.
  1. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (public relations)

The qualifications required of a candidate for probationary appointment as an assis-

tant superintendent of police (public relations) are-

  1. membership of the Institute of Public Relations; or
  2. a degree in journalism or mass communications; or
    1. diploma in journalism or mass communication with at least two years’ practi-cal experience; or
    2. at least seven years’ experience in journalism with a news medium (up to sub-editor level) or in Government Information Service (up to Assistant Informa-tion Officer grade) or in Public Relations (up to supervisory grade) in a large company or statutory corporation.
  3. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (art)

The qualifications required of a candidate for probationary appointment as an assis-tant superintendent of police (art) are-

  1. a degree in tine arts, specialising in commercial art; or

(b) a diploma in commercial art from a college of technology, with at least three years’ practical experience; or

(c) the West African School Certificate or its equivalent, with at least seven years’ practical experience as an Assistant Commercial Artist in-

(i) a Government Information Service;

(ii) a public relations organisation;

(iii) an advertising agency; or

(iv) any other mass medium.

49. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (film production)

The qualifications required of a candidate for a probationary appointment as an assis-tant superintendent of police (film production) are-

(a) the West African School Certificate or its equivalent with-

(i) at least five years’ practical experience with a film production unit in

the operation of 16 mm and 35 mm cine-cameras on exterior and inte-

rior assignments; and

(ii) a knowledge of interior lighting; or

(b) the West African School Certificate or its equivalent and at least five years

experience in editing 16 mm and 35 mm films from initial inspection of

“rushes” up to finally edited version (including the laying of dialogue, com-mentary, music and effects tracks).

5 0. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (photography)

The qualifications required of candidate for a probationary appointment as an assis-tant superintendent of police (photography) are-

  1. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent;
  2. local or overseas training in photographic work with at least three years’ expe-rience in taking monochrome and colour photographs with steel cameras, and in processing and printing such photographs for press and publicity purposes; and
  3. ability to undertake minor repairs of cameras and to classify and index photo-graphs.

51. Qualifications for appointment as ASP (library)

The qualifications required of a candidate for probationary appointment as an assis-tant superintendent of police (library) are-

  1. the first professional examination of the Library Association, or an equivalent qualification; or
  2. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent and a diploma in librarian-

ship or library service; or

  1. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent and at least three years’ experience as an Assistant Library Officer in Government Service or in a well-established library.

Appointment of cadet sub-inspectors (direct entry)

52. Qualifications for appointment as cadet sub-inspectors

  1. The general qualifications required of a male or female candidate for appointment as a cadet sub-inspector of police are as follows-
  2. physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being physically and mentally fit for service in the Force;
  3. education-must be in possession of-
  4. a General Certificate of Education with passes at the Ordinary Level in at least four subjects including English language and mathematics; or

(ii) the West African School Certificate, with credits in at least four sub-jects, including English language and mathematics;

  1. character-must be exemplary;
  2. financial status-must be free from pecuniary embarrassment.
    1. A male candidate shall be not less than 1.67 metres in height, and shall have an expanded chest measurement of not less than 86 centimetres.
    2. A female candidate shall be unmarried, and shall be not less than 1.67 metres in height.

53. Appointment of cadet sub-ins pector on probation

    1. cadet sub-inspector who has successfully concluded the prescribed training course may be appointed by the Nigeria Police Council to the rank of sub-inspector on proba-tion.
  1. Accelerate d promotion

(1) A cadet sub-inspector under training who has displayed the qualifications re-

quired of a superior police officer, may, at the conclusion of his training course, be ap-

pointed by the Nigeria Police Council to the rank of acting assistant superintendent of

police.

(2) An acting assistant superintendent of police so appointed shall be posted in the

first instance to the staff of the Police College, Ikeja for a period of four months, and, at

the end of this period, to a duty post anywhere in the Federation for a maximum period of

six months.

  1. At the conclusion of the six-month period, providing that his services and conduct have been satisfactory, he may become eligible for consideration by the Nigeria Police Council for appointment to the rank of assistant superintendent of police on probation.

Conditions of service of cadet officer

55. Training courses

(1) On appointment, a cadet officer may be required to undergo a training course of twelve months’ duration to include-

  1. six months’ basic training in law and foot drill;

(b) two weeks’ attachment for training in practical police work at a police station;

(c) one month’s leadership and citizenship training course at a recognised centre;

(d) one month’s first-aid lay lecturers course;

  1. three months’ advanced training in law, foot drill, and the duties of his future substantive rank;

(f) a final period of attachment to a police formation for further training in practi-cal police work, of a duration to be determined by the Inspector-General.

    1. A leave period of not more than fourteen days’ duration may be granted at the discretion of the Inspector-General at the conclusion of the six months’ basic training period.
    2. Notwithstanding paragraph (1) of this regulation, members of the rank and file with requisite qualifications for the cadet inspectors’ course may be required to undergo a six months’ course, on successful completion of which they graduate as inspectors.
  1. Extension of training courses

The Inspector-General may extend for a maximu m period of three months the training period of any cadet police officer who has not reached the required standards at the com-pletion of the twelve or six months’ training course respectively, but who shows promise of attaining such standards after a limited period of further training.

57. Ge neral service pro visions

The general service conditions attached to the appointment of cadet police officers are that the cadet officer-

  1. shall be amenable to Force discipline and to the provisions of all rules, regula-tions and orders governing the Force;
    1. shall be required, during the period of training, to take up residence in one of the Police Officers’ Messes of the College;
  2. shall not be entitled, with regard to members of his family, to any travelling or subsistence allowance or to any government accommodation during the train-ing period.

58. Offer of alternati ve a ppointment

    1. cadet assistant superintendent of police who has completed a police training course, but who has not been accepted by the Nigeria Police Council for appointment to the rank of assistant superintendent of police on probation, may, on the recommendation of the Inspector-General, be offered by the Nigeria Police Council the alternative post of cadet sub-inspector on probation.
  1. Te rmination of appointment
  2. The services of a cadet officer may be terminated by the Nigeria Police Council at any time during the training period on any grounds that may be deemed sufficient by the Council to justify such termination of appointment.
  3. Cadet officers whose services are so terminated will normally be given one

month’s notice in writing, or if the circumstances warrant it, one month’s salary in lieu of notice.

60. Resig nations

(1) A cadet officer may resign his appointment at any time during the training period.

  1. A cadet officer who resigns during the training period, may be required to refund all or part of the transportation expenses incurred by Government on his appointment.
  2. Inter view of cadet officer for appointment
    1. cadet officer who has successfully concluded the training course, shall be inter-viewed by the Nigeria Police Council for final consideration for appointment to proba-tionary rank.
  3. Probationary period (g eneral duties office rs)
    1. general duties police officer serving on probation shall be required to serve for a minimum period of two years from the date of first appointment to his cadet or his pro-bationary rank, whichever is the earlier, before becoming eligible for confirmation in his appointment.

63. Pr obati onar y peri od (tec hnical duties officers)

An assistant superintendent of police on probation (technical duties) who is appointed on probation after a period of service on temporary terms, may become eligible to be con-firmed in his appointment on completion of two years’ total service.

64. Extension of probati onary peri od

In special circumstances, on the recommendation of the Inspector-General, the Nige-ria Police Council may grant an extension of the probationary period of any individual officer, with or without incremental penalty as the Council shall direct.

65. Confirmation of officers on probation

An officer serving on probation may, on completion of the probationary period, be confirmed in his appointment and made substantive in rank by the Nigeria Police Council if-

(a) his service and conduct have been in every way satisfactory; and

    1. he has obtained, or has been exempted by the prescribed authority from ob-taining, the requisite pass in the prescribed examinations.
  1. Resignation – officers on probation
  2. police officer serving on probation who holds a direct entry appointment, and who resigns during the probationary period, may be required to refund any outfit allowance paid to him, and all or part of the expenses incurred by Government in the transportation of himself, his family and his loads on first appointment.

67. Ter mi nation of pr obati onar y appointme nts

(1) The services of a police officer serving on probation may be terminated by the Nigeria Police Council at any time during the probationary period on any grounds that may be deemed sufficient by the Council to justify such termination of appointment.

    1. A police officer serving on probation whose services are to be terminated, shall be given one month’s notice in writing, or, if the circumstances warrant it, one month’s salary in lieu of notice and such officer shall, provided that such termination of services is not on the grounds of misconduct, be entitled to the payment, at the rates laid down by general orders, of travelling allowance for the journey from the place of his last duty sta-tion to his recognised home town.
  1. Offer of al ter nati ve e mployme nt
    1. In lieu of termination of service, a general duties assistant superintendent of po-lice on probation, may, on the recommendation of the Inspector-General, be offered by the Nigeria Police Council continued employment in the Force as a cadet sub-inspector on probation.
    2. An officer accepting such alternative appointment, shall enter the salary scale of his new appointment at the point he would have reached had he commenced his services in that appointment, and may become eligible for confirmation in his new appointment on completion of three years’ total service.

Conditions of trial period of service of assistant superintendents

69. Confirmation of ASP’s on trial

An assistant superintendent of police on trial, after a period of twelve months’ service in that rank, may be made substantive in his rank by the Nigeria Police Council if-

  1. he has obtained or has been exempted by the prescribed authority from ob-

taining the requisite pass in the prescribed examination for superior police 01′-ficers; and

  1. his service and conduct as an assistant superintendent of police on trial have been satisfactory in every way; and

(c) at the date of his appointment to the rank of assistant superintendent of police on trial, he had not less than five years’ continuous service in the Force.

70. Reversion in rank of ASP on trial

An assistant superintendent of police on trial, who fails to qualify for confirmation in his appointment, shall revert to the rank, and to the point in the salary scale, that he would have attained in the course of normal advancement had he not been promoted assistant superintendent of police on trial.

PART V

Enlistment, rank and file

71. Recruitment officers

Subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Council and subject to the control of the Inspector-General, the officers responsible for the enlistment of recruit constables to the Force shall be-

  1. the Commandant, Police College Ikeja, hereinafter called the recruitment offi-cer, South, in respect of candidates from the Southern States; and
  2. the Commandant, the Police College Kaduna, hereinafter called the recruit-ment officer, North, in respect of candidates from the Northern States.

72. Qualifications for enlistment

  1. Only citizens of Nigeria shall be accepted for enlistment.
  2. The qualifications of a male candidate seeking enlistment in the Police Force as a recruit constable shall be as follows-
  3. age-not less than seventeen nor more than 25 years of age;
  4. height-not less than 1.67 metres in height;

[L.N. 36 of 1977.]

(c)

chest measurement-not less than 86 centimetres when fully expanded, and having an expansion of not less than 5 centimetres;

  1. physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer as being mentally and physically fit for service in the Force;
  1. education-must be in possession of a Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Middle IV);
  2. character-must be of good character and must not have been convicted of

any criminal offence (other than any offence which the Inspector-General ac-cepts as being of a minor nature);

    1. financial status-must be free from any pecuniary embarrassment.
  1. Deformities and abnormalities to be a bar to enlistment
  2. candidate for enlistment suffering from anyone of the abnormalities or deformities listed below shall not be accepted for enlistment-
  3. impediment in speech;
  4. gross mal formation of teeth or jaw preventing proper mastication of food;
    1. knock knees;
    2. bow legs;
    3. bent knees; i.e., knees which cannot be straightened when standing at atten-tion;
  5. flat feet;
  6. bent arms, i.e., arms which cannot be straightened at the elbow;

(h) deformed hands, or hands which cannot perform the full functions of the hand;

(i) defective eyesight, or squint eyes;

    1. amputation of any member.
  1. Entrance examination
    1. candidate for enlistment in the Force shall, except as hereinafter provided, be re-quired to obtain a pass in the entrance examination prescribed for recruit constables.
  2. Entrance examination s yllabus

(1) The entrance examination shall consist of a written examination in the following

subjects-

  1. English;
  2. Simple arithmetic;
  3. Dictation;
  4. General knowledge.
    1. The entrance examination shall be conducted in the English Language. Enlistment procedure
  5. Candidates to apply to Area Commander in first instance

An intending candidate for enlistment in the Force is required to apply in the first in-

stance to the Police Area Commander in charge of the area command in which the

applicant resides, for a copy of the prescribed Application to Enlist Form, which shall be completed by the applicant and returned to the Police Area Commander.

77. Area Commander to interview applicants

  1. On receipt of a completed Application to Enlist Form, the Police Area Com-mander shall, if he considers the information in the application form to be satisfactory, arrange to interview the applicant.

(2) The applicant shall be required to bring with him to the interview the following personal documents –

  1. certificate or certificates of education;
  2. birth certificate, or other documentary evidence of date of birth;
  3. the originals of his testmonials as to character;
  4. three passport-size photographs or himself; and
    1. any other documents relevant to his application.

78. Area Commander to inform candidates who are not to be called for interview

(1) Where the Police Area Commander does not intend to interview an applicant on the grounds that prima facie from the particulars in the application form the applicant is unsuitable for enlistment, or that there are no vacancies at the time in the Force estab-lishment, he shall inform such applicant in writing that his application is not to be pro-ceeded with; but an applicant who is prima facie suitable may be informed that his appli-cation may receive consideration at a later date if and when vacancies occur.

  1. Particulars of any such action taken shall be endorsed on the applicant’s Applica-tion to Enlist Form, which shall be retained for record purposes.

79. Rejection of a candidate after interview by Area Commander

  1. An applicant who is found unsuitable for enlistment by a Police Area Commander after interview shall be informed in writing by the Police Area Commander that his appli-cation is not to be proceeded with.
  2. The reasons for the rejection of the applicant shall be endorsed on the applicant’s Application to Enlist Form.

80. Area Commander to maintain Area Command Recruits Register

(1) The Police Area Commander shall maintain an Area Command Recruits Register, in a form to be prescribed by the Inspector-General, in which shall be entered the full particulars of candidates for enlistment deriving from the province.

    1. A photograph of the candidate shall be affixed against the relevant entry at the time the entry is made.
  1. Application to Enlist Forms to be forwarded to recruitment officer
    1. If satisfied after interview that an applicant is suitable for consideration for en-

listment, the Police Area Commander shall forward the candidate’s Application to Enlist

Form to the appropriate recruitment officer, together with a photograph of the candidate endorsed with the candidate’s name and Area Command Recruits Register serial number.

(2) Immediately on the despatch of the documents specified in paragraph (1) of this regulation, the Police Area Commander shall check on the bona fides of the character referees named by the candidate, and shall request the referees to furnish references.

82. Definition of Police Area Comman der

For the purposes of this Part “Police A rea Co mmander” means the superior police officer in charge of a Police Area Command or a police division, and “Police Area Co mmand” includes a police division.

Force entrance examination procedure 83. Holding of entrance examination

(1) Entrance examinations for applicants for enlistment shall be held by Police Area Commanders on the first working day of every month, save that when this day falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the next Tuesday shall be fixed as the examination day.

(2) The papers for the entrance examination shall be set by the responsible recruit-ment officer, who shall forward the papers under registered cover to Police Area Com-manders in good time for the examination.

  1. The Police Area Commander, or a superior police officer appointed by him, shall be responsible for invigilating each entrance examination held in the Area Command.

(4) Recruitment officers shall be responsible for marking the worked papers of the entrance examinations set by them.

84. Recruitment officers may select candidates for entrance examination

Recruitment officers may give directions to the Police Area Commanders within their

jurisdiction as to the number of candidates that may be permitted to sit any particular

entrance examination, and may specify by name the candidates who shall be permitted to

sit the examination.

85. Candidates to be fingerprinted

    1. candidate on presenting himself for an entrance examination, shall, before entering the examination room, have his identity checked and his fingerprints recorded on Form CRO 21A.
  1. Notification of failure at the examination

In the case of a candidate who fails to pass the entrance examination the recruitment officer shall make an appropriate endorsement on the candidate’s Application to Enlist Form and shall return the form to the Police Area Commander concerned, who shall no-tify the candidate in writing of his failure to pass the examination.

87. Recruitment officer to maintain Recruits Control Register

The recruitment officer shall maintain a Recruits Control Register in a form to be pre-scribed by the Inspector-General, in which shall be entered the particulars of each

candidate deriving from his recruitment area who has passed the entrance examination, and a copy of the photograph of the candidate affixed against the relevant entry.

88. Notification of success at the examination

Recruitment officers shall forward to the Police Area Commanders concerned the names of the candidates who have passed the entrance examination, together with their Application to Enlist Forms suitably endorsed.

89. Me dical e xamination for candidates

(1) On the receipt of a notification that a candidate has passed the entrance examina-tion, the Police Area Commander shall arrange for the candidate to be examined by a government medical officer.

    1. For the purpose of making his report the medical officer shall be supplied with the prescribed Attestation Form (PaL Form Al) intended to be applied for the use of the candidate and to which a photograph of the candidate has been affixed and shall be re-quested to make his report on the candidate on the prescribed form (PaL Form All/I) which is appended to the prescribed Attestation Form.
  1. Attestation of candidates

Subject to the candidate having passed the medical examination, and further subject to his character referees and references having both proved satisfactory, the Police Area Commander shall attest the candidate in the prescribed form.

91. Re jection by Police Area Comman der of candidates

  1. candidate for enlistment whose character referees or reference prove unsatisfactory, or who fails to pass the medical examination or fails to answer satisfactorily the questions put to him on attestation, shall have his application rejected by the Police Area Com-mander.

92. Area Comman der to forward candidates’ re cords to recruitment officer

In respect of a candidate whom the Police Area Commander finds suitable for final consideration for enlistment, the Provincial Police Officer shall forward to the recruit-ment officer concerned the following documents relating to the candidate-

  1. Application to Enlist Form;

(b) Attestation Form and Medical Report;

    1. Form CRO 21A; and
    2. character references.
  1. Fing erprints search
      1. The recruitment officer, on receipt of Form CRO 21 A in respect of any candidate, shall be responsible for forwarding the form to the Central Criminal Registry for search.
      2. Subject to the provisions of regulation 67 (2), if the candidate is found to have a criminal record, his application to enlist shall be rejected.

94. Call up of candidates

Recruitment officers shall be responsible for the arranging for the call up for service of attested candidates deriving from their areas of responsibility, who are prima facie suitable for consideration for enlistment.

95. Candidate to be provided with free travel warrant to reporting centre

An attested candidate called up for enlistment, shall be provided by the Police Area Commander with a free travel warrant from the candidate’s place of residence to the re-cruitment reporting centre, and the candidate shall be required to sign an agreement that he will proceed to the centre named in the warrant for the purpose of the enlistment.

96. Identity check at interview of candidate by recruitment officer

On a candidate for enlistment presenting himself of before the recruitment officer, the officer shall after satisfying himself as to the identity of the candidate, interview such candidate with a view to assessing his suitability for enlistment in the Force.

97. Administration of decl aration on oath, preliminaries

The recruitment officer, or a superior police officer appointed by him, shall read over to each candidate selected for enlistment the questions and answers given by the candi-date in his prescribed Attestation Form, and shall then-

  1. require the candidate to re-affirm that the answers to the questions are true;

(b) repeat the warning to the candidate concerning false statements made on at-testation;

(c) inform the candidate (where evidence of date of birth is other than by birth certificate), that the age stated by him on the Attestation Form must remain unaltered during the period of his service with the Force;

  1. inform the candidate that the address given in the Attestation Form shall, for the purposes of leave, be considered to be his home town, and that home town address must remain unaltered during the period of his service with the Force;

(e) explain to the candidate the terms of enlistment and of re-engagement;

  1. inform the candidate that after attestation he shall forthwith take up residence at the Police College, or at such other training centre as may be directed, to commence his training period;
  2. inform the candidate that he may be posted for service anywhere in Nigeria after training as a police constable;

(h) inform the candidate of his liability to taxation, and that tax will be deducted from his salary at source.

98. Administration of Police Declaration

The recruitment officer, on approving a candidate for enlistment as a recruit consta-ble, shall himself administer, or nominate a superior police officer to administer, the Po-lice Declaration to the recruit constable.

99. Appro val for service

Immediately after the administration of the Police Declaration, the recruitment officer shall approve the candidate for service as a recruit constable.

Procedure on rejection of candidate

100. Re jec tion of candidate by Recruitment officer

(1) Should the recruitment officer find, for any reason, that a candidate is not suitable for enlistment, the recruitment officer shall reject such candidate.

    1. The recruitment officer shall inform such rejected candidate, in writing, that his enlistment is not to be proceeded with, but shall not be required to state any specific rea-son for the rejection of the candidate.
  1. The reason for the rejection of a candidate shall be endorsed on the candidate’s Application to Enlist Form.

101. Issue of free tr avel warrant to rejected candidate

(1) The recruitment officer shall issue to a rejected candidate, in cases where the journey requires it, a free travel warrant to enable the candidate to return to his home.

102. Recruitment officer to advise I.G. of rejection of candidate

The recruitment officer shall forward to the Inspector-General for such action as the Inspector-General may deem fit, the Attestation Form and the Application to Enlist Form of any candidate for enlistment rejected by him, and shall state the reason for such rejec-tion.

Training of recruit constables

103. Tr aining courses for recruit constables

  1. recruit constable shall, subject to the provisions of these Regulations, be required to undergo a recruits training course at a police college of between three months and six months’ duration, as the Inspector-General shall direct.

104. Extension of training courses

The Commandant of a police college may, at his discretion, if he considers it desir-able or necessary in the case of any individual recruit constable, extend the training pe-riod of such recruit constable for a period not exceeding three months.

Appointment of constables

105. Appointment to rank of constable

(1) On a recruit constable satisfactorily completing his training course, he shall be re-quired to repeat the Police Declaration before the recruitment officer who shall then for-mally appoint the recruit constable to the rank of constable.

  1. A record of the appointment shall be endorsed on the prescribed Application to Enlist Form.
  1. Allocation of Force Numbers

Each constable, on first appointment to that rank, shall be allocated a Force Number by the Inspector-General.

107. Terms of ser vice

[L.N. 2 of 1979.]

  1. member of the rank and file shall be enlisted into the Force for an initial period of two years and, subject to satisfactory conduct and service, may be re-engaged for a period of eight years and subsequent periods of five years up to a total of twenty years’ service. Thereafter, and subject to conditions specified in regulation 108, he may be allowed to continue service until he is sixty years of age:

Provided that no member of the rank and file may withdraw his service or volun-tarily retire until he has completed the period for which he was last re-engaged.

108. Discharge of c onstables from the Force for inefficiency

    1. superior police officer not below the rank of Commissioner, to whom the power in that behalf is delegated by the Nigeria Police Council, if satisfied in respect of any police constable that his general conduct is unbecoming of an officer of the Force or that his standard of work as a police constable is below what is required of an efficient police officer, may discharge that police constable from the Force, anything to the contrary in any other of these Regulations notwithstanding.
  1. Servic e Records

On the posting of a newly appointed constable, the following service records of such constable shall be prepared or obtained by the recruitment officer, and forwarded under registered cover to the headquarters of the Police Area Command in which such con-stable is to serve, namely-

  1. Attestation Form;
  2. Master Service Record Card;
  3. duplicate Service Record Sheet;
  4. the Service Register;
  5. last Pay Certificate;

(f) fingerprint Form;

(g) character references.

Varying or dispensing with prescribed qualifications

110. Prescribed qualifications may be varied or dis pensed with

The prescribed qualifications required of a candidate for enlistment in the Force may be varied or dispensed with in the degree prescribed in these Regulations, with or without exemption from the entrance examination, in respect of enlistments to–

  1. the General Duties Branch of the Force, only if a shortage of suitable candi-dates of the required standards is sufficiently acute to necessitate the lowering of recruit standards;
  2. the Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence Branch or the Special Branch of

the Force, if the candidate is especially qualified by a knowledge of languages, or other special knowledge relating to the work of the Bureau of Investigation and Intelligence Department or the Force Special Branch;

  1. the Technical Branch of the Force, if the candidate is in possession of qualifi-cations of a technical nature relating to a duty or duties of the Technical Branch;
    1. the Police Band, if candidate has a knowledge of, or aptitude for music, and is, in the opinion of the Director of Music, likely to become an efficient bandman.

111. Ins pector -General’s authority required for dis pensing with prescribed qualifi – cations

In any case where it is required that the prescribed qualifications be varied or dis-pensed with in respect of any candidate for enlistment or where it is required to exempt any candidate from the entrance examination, the authority of the Inspector-General shall be obtained before enlistment may be proceeded with.

112. S ub-standard entrants

Any member of the rank and file of the Force in respect of whom the prescribed

qualifications required for candidates for enlistment in the Force are varied or dispensed

with on enlistment shall be classified as a sub-standard entrant to the Force.

113. S ub-standard entrants not to be transferred

  1. sub-standard entrant to the Force shall not be transferred from the duty post to which he was enlisted to any other post in the Force except with the express approval of the Inspector-General, and any such transfer shall be subject to such conditions regarding seniority and pay as the Inspector-General may direct.

General provisions

114. Reasons for rejection of application to enlist need not be given

    1. recruitment officer or Police Area Commander shall not be obliged to state to any applicant or person representing any applicant the reasons for the rejection of any appli-cation for enlistment in the Force or to enter into any correspondence with any applicant or with his representative on the subject of any rejected application.
  1. Unsuccessful candidates may resit the entrance examination
  2. candidate who has been unsuccessful in the entrance examination, may, on appli-cation, sit for the examination again after the lapse of a minimum period of six months, provided that the maximum number of times that anyone candidate may sit for the ex-amination shall not exceed two.

Discharge of recruit constables 116. Termination of service of recruit constable

Subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Council, the

Commandant of a police college may terminate at any time during the training period the

services of any recruit constable under his command whose standard of work or conduct

is such that he is, in the opinion of the Commandant, unlikely to become an efficient po-

lice constable.

117. Inspector-General to be informed of reason for discharge

    1. In the event of a recruit constable being discharged from the Force for any reason before completing his training, the recruitment officer shall advise the Inspector-General of such discharge.
  1. The records of service of such recruit constable shall be forwarded to Force

Headquarters for retention.

Enlistment of women police

118. Qualifications for women candidates for enlistment in the Force

The prescribed qualifications for a woman seeking enlistment in the Police Force shall be as follows-

  1. age-not less than nineteen years and not more 25 years of age;
  2. height-not less than 1.67 metres in height;
  3. physical fitness-must be certified by a government medical officer in the pre-scribed Form as being not pregnant, and as being physically and mentally fit for service in the Police Force;
  4. education-must be in possession of a Secondary School Leaving Certificate

(Middle IV);

  1. character-must be of good character and must not have been found guilty of any criminal offence (other than any offence which the Inspector-General ac-cepts as being of a minor nature);

(f) financial status-must be free from any pecuniary embarrassment;

  1. marital status-must be unmarried.

119. Enlistment procedure

The provisions of these Regulations governing the enlistment procedure for recruit constables shall apply to the enlistment of recruit women police constables except in the following particulars-

  1. Form CRO 21 B shall be used for the fingerprinting of women candidates; and

(b) the medical examination of women candidates shall take place at the Police College immediately prior to enlistment.

120. Inte rviewing of wo men candidates for enlistment

  1. Women candidates for enlistment in the Force shall in every case be interviewed by the interviewing officer in the presence of a suitable female person, who shall be, in every case where this is practicable, a woman police officer.
  2. The Senior Woman Police Officer, Force Headquarters, shall in every case be

present at the initial interview afforded by the recruitment officer, South to women can-didates for enlistment drawn from the southern States.

  1. The Senior Woman Police Officer, Northern Area Commands, shall in every case be present at the initial interview afforded by the recruitment officer, North to women candidates for enlistment drawn from the northern States.
    1. Interviewing officers shall bring to the attention of women candidates for enlist-ment into the Force the provisions of these Regulations governing the duties of women police, and the miscellaneous conditions of service attaching to women police.

Duties of women police

  1. Gener al duties of wo men police officers

Women police officers shall as a general rule be employed on duties which are con-nected with women and children, and shall be particularly employed in the following duties-

    1. investigation of sexual offences against women and children;
    2. recording of statements from female witnesses and female accused persons and from children;
    3. attendance when women or children are being interviewed by male police offi-cers;
    4. the searching, escorting and guarding of women prisoners in police stations, and the escorting of women prisoners to or from police stations;
    5. school crossing duties;
  1. crowd control, where women and children are present in any numbers.

122. Em ployment of women police in offices

Women police officers recruited to the General Duties Branch of the Force may, in order to relieve male police officers from these duties, be employed in any of the follow-ing office duties, namely-

  1. clerical duties;
  2. telephone duties;
  3. office orderly duties.

Women police miscellaneous conditions of service

123. Wome n police not to drill under arms

  1. woman police officer shall not be called upon to drill under arms or to take part in any baton or riot exercise.
  1. Women police to apply for permission to marry [L.N. 93 of 1968.]
    1. woman police officer who is desirous of marrying must first apply in writing to the commissioner of police for the State Police command in which she is serving, requesting permission to marry and giving the name, address, and occupation of the person she in-tends to marry. Permission will be granted for the marriage if the intended husband is of good character and the woman police officer has served in the Force for a period of not less than three years.
  2. No s pecial privileges to be g ranted to married women police
    1. married woman police officer shall not be granted any special privileges by reason of the fact that she is married, and shall be subject to posting and transfer as if she were unmarried.
  3. Maternity leave
    1. married woman police officer who is pregnant may be granted maternity leave in accordance with the provisions of general orders.
  4. Pregnancy of unmarried women police

An unmarried woman police officer who becomes pregnant shall be discharged from the Force, and shall not be re-enlisted except with the approval of the Inspector-General.

  1. Women police not to wear jewellery , etc ., on duty A woman police officer whilst in uniform shall not-
    1. wear face powder or lipstick, or wear nail varnish except those of a neutral colour; or
    2. wear any article of jewellery other than a wedding ring, or an engagement ring or a wristwatch; or
    3. dress her hair in such fashion that it falls over the uniform collar; the hair, if long, is to be pinned or plaited over the top of the head, or if worn in short plaits, the plaits are to be tucked under the uniform cap.

Enlistment of constable drivers

129. Enlistment procedure and qualifications required

( 1) The provisions of these Regulations governing the enlistment procedure for re-cruit constables shall apply to candidates for enlistment as recruit constable drivers sub-ject to the following modifications, namely-

  1. the candidate shall not be required to pass the prescribed entrance examination but the officer competent to select the candidate for enlistment shall satisfy himself that the candidate’s standard of literacy is such that he is able to maintain a vehicle log book correctly;

(b)

the candidate shall be in possession of a current unendorsed driving licence,

and shall be required to pass the driving test prescribed by the Force Transport

Officer as a first preliminary before being further considered for enlistment.

  1. A recruit constable driver enlisted in accordance with the provisions of this regu-lation shall be rated as a substandard entrant to the Force.

130. Training course

  1. recruit constable driver shall be required successfully to undergo a three-month training course in drill and general police duties at one of the police colleges in order to qualify for appointment as a constable driver.

131. Recruit constables may be enlisted as constable drivers

  1. A recruit constable undergoing training at a police college, who for any reason fails to qualify for appointment as a constable, may be appointed as a constable driver if-
  2. he has completed not less than three months’ training as a recruit constable;
  3. his conduct during the training period has been satisfactory;

(c) he has successfully passed the driving test prescribed by the Force Transport Officer; and

  1. he has obtained a driving licence, if not already licensed to drive.
  2. A constable driver so appointed shall be rated as a sub-standard entrant to the

Force.

Police constable bandsmen

132. Enlistment procedure

The enlistment procedure for candidates for enlistment in the Police Band shall be as for recruit constables, except that the duties performed by a Provincial Police Officer in respect of the enlistment of recruit constables shall be performed by the Director of Mu-

  1. ic.

133. Action by s tation officer

In cases where a candidate applies to enlist in the Police Band, the station officer to whom the application is made in the first instance shall request the applicant to complete the Application to Enlist Form and shall forward the form when completed to the Direc-tor of Music, Police College, Ikeja.

134. Initial intervie w

The Director of Music shall himself arrange initially to interview each candidate for enlistment in the Police Band, and after satisfying himself that the candidate has the req-uisite knowledge of music, or the aptitude to acquire such knowledge, and is in other re-spects eligible for enlistment, shall recommand his enlistment as a recruit constable bandsman to the recruitment officer, South.

135. Initial training period

A recruit constable bandsman shall be required to undergo an initial three-month

training period at the Police College, Ikeja, during which period he shall be instructed in

drill and general police duties.

136. Admittanc e to School of Music

On the satisfactory completion of his first three months’ training period, a recruit con-stable bandsman shall be admitted to the School of Music, where he shall be instructed in music, and in such other subjects as the Director of Music may direct.

Re-engagement and re-enlistment of members of the rank and file

137. Re-eng agements

The prescribed authority-

  1. for the re-engagement for a further period of service in the Force of a member of the rank and file; or
  2. for the authorising of the continued service in the Force of a member of the rank and file,

shall be the commissioner of police for the area command in which the member of the rank and file is serving.

138. Notice of intention to re -e ngage or not to re -engage

A serving member of the rank and file shall be required to give notice to the pre-

scribed authority of his intention to re-engage for a further period of service in the Force,

or to apply for continued service, or of his intention not to re-engage or not to apply for

continued service as the case may be, at least six months prior to the completion date of

his current period of engagement, and it shall be the duty of the prescribed authority to

remind in writing such member of the rank and file of this responsibi lity at least eight

months prior to such completion date.

139. Completion of re -engag ement formalities

When a notice of intention to re-engage for further service is received and such re-engagement is approved by the prescribed authority, the re-engagement formalities shall be completed as soon as is practicable after such approval has been given.

140. Conditions of re-eng agement

A me mber of the rank and file may only be re-engaged for further service in the Force

if-

  1. he has completed his enlistment period or has completed a first or second pe-riod of re-engagement;

(b) his standard of work and conduct has been satisfactory; and

(c) he is physically and mentally fit for a further period of service in the Force.

141. Failure to apply for re-eng agement or continued service

There shall be no penalty attached for failure on the part of any member to notify his

intention to re-engage or not to re-engage for further service, or for failure to give such

notification or to make such application within the prescribed period but such failure

shall be deemed to be notice of intention not to re-engage or not to continue in the serv-

ice, as the case may be.

142. Pot. Form A/l/7 to be completed on re-eng agement

  1. member of the rank and file who has been accepted for re-engagement for a further period of service in the Force shall be required-
  2. to complete the prescribed re-engagement agreement form (Pol. Form A/1I5, NI/ 6, or NI/ 7 (according to length of service) in the presence of a superior police officer, who shall be witness; and
    1. to repeat the Police Declaration (Pol. Form Nl/3) made by him on enlistment, before a superior police officer, who shall certify in the space provided on the re-engagement form that the Declaration has been repeated.

143. Conditions of continued service

  1. The conditions under which services of a member of the rank and file may be continued in the Force are-
  2. that he shall have completed 21 years’ service, or shall have reached the age of 45 years; and
  3. that he shall be physically and mentally fit; and
  4. that he shall be able to carry out efficiently the duties relating to his rank.
    1. A member of the rank and file applying for continued service in the Force shall

not be required to be medically examined as a condition of the approval of his continued

  1. ervice.

144. Action in case of continued service 110t formally authorised

(1) In the event that subsequent to the expiry of his enlistment period or of his re-

engagement period, a member of the rank and file is for any reason not formally re-

engaged or approved for further service, yet continues to serve in the Force, the following

action shall be taken immediately on the discovery of the fact of such continued ser-

vice-

    1. the member shall be requested forthwith to make application to the prescribed authority for re-engagement or for continued service, or to notify such author-ity of his intention not to re-engage or continue in the service (if such applica-tion or notification has not already been submitted);

(b) should the member apply for re-engagement or for continued service, and such application be approved by the prescribed authority, such member shall be re-engaged or his continued service approved forthwith, and such re-engagement or continued service shall take effect from the day after the expiry of his en-listment or last re-engagement period, as the case may be;

  1. should the member apply for re-engagement or for continued service and such application be rejected by the prescribed authority, the member shall have the right to appeal against such rejection to the Inspector-General;

(d) where the member does not intend to re-engage or fails to submit his applica-tion to re-engage on being requested to do so, he shall forthwith be discharged from the Force.

  1. Subject to there being no misrepresentation or fraud, any period of service not

formally authorised by the prescribed authority, shall be deemed to be an extension of the enlistment or last re-engagement period, as the case may be, and shall be deemed to be for all purposes service in the Force, and the laws, regulations, orders and other instruc-tions governing the conditions of service of members of the Force shall be applied in re-spect of such service, as if such service had been formally authorised.

145. Re-eng agement of constables after discharge

If a constable who has been honourably discharged from the Force offers to re-engage within six months of having received his discharge, he shall, if his offer of service is ac-cepted, on re-engagement be entitled to enter the salary scale of constables at the incre-mental point he had reached at the time of his discharge.

146. Re-eng agement of NCOs after discharge

If a non-commissioned officer who has been honourably discharged from the Force

offers to re-engage within six months of having received his discharge, he shall, if his

offer of service is accepted, on re-engagement be entitled to the rank which he was hold-

ing at the time of his discharge, save that if there is no vacancy in the establishment of

that rank at the time he re-engages, he shall be to serve in such subordinate rank as the

prescribed authority shall direct until such time as a vacancy occurs in the establishment

of his previous rank.

147. Re-eng agement of ex-member of the Force in certain cases

Any ex-me mber of the Force who has been discharged from the Force for a period exceeding six months and who applies for re-enlistment to the Force, shall, subject to his being accepted for service, be re-enlisted in the Force in accordance with the procedures laid down for the enlistment of recruit constables.

148. Re-eng age ment of members of the Technical Branch

For the avoidance of doubt, the provision of the Act and these Regulations relating to re-engagements for further service of enlisted members of the Force shall apply to en-listed members of the Technical Branches of the Force.

PART VI

Promotions

General Duties Branch

149. Principles g overning promotions

Promotions to the different ranks of the General Duties Branch of the Force shall be made subject to the following general considerations-

  1. fitness of the individual for the vacancy required to be filled, including physi-cal fitness, knowledge of the duties of the appointment, general capability, training, experience, and the capacity for the proper control, direction and superintendence of subordinates; and

(b) the degree of efficiency, intelligence, zeal and good conduct, hitherto dis-played in the performance of the duties; and

  1. seniority in rank.

150. Advancements of ASPs throug h the Long Grade salary scale

(1) Subject to satisfactory service, an assistant superintendent of police may be ad-vanced by annual increments through the Long Grade salary scale to the last segment of that scale.

(2) An assistant superintendent of police promoted to the rank of deputy superinten-dent of police shall, if he has not already by length of service reached this point in the Long Grade salary scale, be advanced to the first point in scale B 3 in the Long Grade salary scale, and shall thereafter, subject to satisfactory service, and subject to his not being further promoted, be advanced by annual increments to the last segment of the Long Grade salary scale B.

151. Advancement of S Ps throug h the Long Grade salary scale

  1. deputy superintendent of police promoted to the rank of superintendent of police shall, if he has not already by length of service reached this point in the Long Grade sal-ary scale, be advanced to the first point on scale B 4 in the Long Grade salary scale, and shall thereafter, subject to satisfactory service, and subject to his not being further pro-moted, be advanced by annual increments to the last segment of the Long Grade salary scale.

Force Inspectorate

152. Selection of candidates for promotion

(1) As and when vacancies occur in the Force establishment of sub-inspectors, the In-spector-General may select suitable candidates from within the non-commissioned officer cadres of the Force for promotion to the rank of sub-inspector.

(2) A candidate to be eligible for selection shall be of exemplary character and must-

  1. be of the rank of full corporal or above; and

(b) be in possession of at least a Standard VI or Primary VI School Certificate.

153. Promotion courses and Selection Board

(1) A candidate selected for promotion in accordance with regulation 152 shall attend

  1. three months’ Sub-Inspectors’ promotion course and shall at the conclusion of the

course appear before a Sub-Inspectors’ Promotions Selection Board convened by the In-spector-General for a tinal assessment of the candidate’s fitness to hold inspectorate rank.

  1. The Commandant of the police college shall at the end of each Sub-Inspectors’ promotion course submit to the Selection Board his written assessment of each candidate. The Commandant shall be available for consultation with the Selection Board in respect of any particular candidate but shall not take part in the Selection Board’s assessment or recommendations.

154. Composition of Selection Board

The Sub-Inspectors Promotions Selection Board shall consist of five superior police officers and shall be constituted as follows-

    1. the Commissioner of Police, Force Headquarters, who shall be chairman;
      1. one assistant commissioner of police, who shall be deputy chairman;
      2. two chief superintendents, one of whom must be from the police area com-mand in which the candidate for selection is serving, who shall be members; and
      3. one superintendent, who shall be a member and be the recording officer.
  1. Candidates to be promoted on probation only

[L.N. 13 o f 1976.]

    1. candidate promoted to the rank of sub-inspector shall remain on probation in that rank for two years and may by order of the Inspector-General be reverted to his former rank at any time during the two years if his work proves unsatisfactory.
  1. Confirmation examination
  2. sub-inspector on probation shall not be confirmed in that rank unless, during the probation period, he passes the Inspectorate Confirmation Examination:

Provided that-

  1. a sub-inspector on probation who has reached the age of forty years prior to his appointment to that rank; or
  2. a sub-inspector on probation who is a member of one of the technical branches of the Force, that is to say-
    1. Signals;

(ii) Vehicle Inspection; (iii) Workshops;

(iv) Launch Crews;

    1. Artisans;

(vi) Force Band;

[L.N. 6 01″ 1975.]

(vii) Force Public Relations,

may be exempted from the examination.

  1. Recommendation at the conclusion of probation period [L.N. 13 o f 1976.]

At the conclusion of a sub-inspector’s two years’ probationary period, the commis-sioner of police for the police area command in which the sub-inspector is serving shall submit to the Inspector-General a report on the sub-inspector’s work together with a spe-cial recommendation that the sub-inspector-

  1. be confirmed in rank; or

(b) have his probation period extended for a stated number of months; or

  1. be reverted to his former rank.

158. Extension of trial period

Only one period of extension of the trial period in respect of a sub-inspector may be granted and at the end of such period the appropriate commissioner of police shall make a final recommendation as to the sub-inspector’s fitness for confirmation in rank.

159. Reversion to previous rank

  1. sub-inspector on trial who is reverted to his former rank before his promotion to the inspectorate rank shall re-enter the incremental scale of his former rank at the point he would normally have reached had he remained in that rank.

160. Promotions, confirmations and re versions to be published in Gazette

The Inspector-General shall publish every promotion to, confirmation in and rever-sion from the rank of sub-inspector in the Federal Gazette.

161. Advancement to other grades in the Force ins pectorate

  1. As and when vacancies occur in the Force establishment of the di fferent grades in the inspectorate rank (including the rank of chief inspector), the Inspector-General may advance suitable candidates from the rank of substantive sub-inspector to those grades.
  2. Such advancement shall be made on merit only and shall not be dependent on any stipulated period of service in any particular grade.
    1. The Inspector-General shall publish every advancement in the Federal Gazette.

Rank and file

162. Incremental advancement and promoti on of members of the rank and file

Subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Council, the in-cremental advancement of constables, the appointment, incremental advancement and promotion of non-commissioned officers (other than members of the Force Inspectorate) shall be made by the commissioner of police for an area command in respect of members of the rank and file of the area command of which the commissioner has command.

163. Accelerated advancement in certain cases

[L.N. 12 o f 1977.]

(1) Accelerated advancement within the constable grade may be awarded by the Commissioner in cases of exceptional merit in accordance with the following-

  1. In respect of a constable with the First School Leaving Certificate (standard six)-

(i)

(ii)

from N1 ,044 per annum to N 1, 116 per annum-After a minimum pe-riod of twelve months on the lower salary point;

from N 1, I 16 per annum to N 1, 188 per annum-After a minimum pe-riod of six months on the lower salary point;

(iii) from N l,188 per annum to N l,224 per annum-After a minimum pe-
riod of six months on the lower salary point;
(iv) from N l,224 per annum to N 1,260 per annum-After a minimum pe-
riod of six months on the lower salary point;
  1. in respect of a constable with the Class Four Certificate-
(i) from N 1,116 per annum to N 1,188 per annum-After a minimum pe-
riod of twelve months on the lower salary point;
(ii) from N 1,188 per annum to N 1,224 per annum-After a minimum pe-
riod of six months on the lower salary point;
(iii) from N 1 ,224 per annum to N 1 ,260 per annum-After a minimum pe-
riod of six months on the lower salary point;
  1. in respect of a constable with the West African School Certificate, or its equivalent-
    1. from N 1, 152 per annum to N 1, 188 per annum-After a minimum pe-riod of twelve months on the lower salary point;

(ii) from N 1, 188 per annum to N 1 ,224 per annum-After a minimum pe-riod of six months on the lower salary point;

(iii) from N 1,224 per annum to N 1,260 per annum-After a minimum pe-riod of six months on the lower salary point.

(2) For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby declared that the procedure of advance-ments shall be as follows-

(a) a constable with the First School Leaving Certificate (Standard Six) will be
eligible for his accelerated advancement to N 1,116 per annum after at least
twelve months’ service on salary point of N 1 ,044 per annum. From the incre-
mental point of N 1, 116 per annum onwards his eligibility for further acceler-
ated advancement in all cases shall be after six months on N 1, 116 per annum,
N 1, 188 per annum and N 1 ,224 per annum;
(b) a constable with the Class Four Certificate will be eligible for his first acceler-
ated advancement to N 1, 188 per annum after at least twelve months on the
salary point of N 1, 116 per annum. From the incremental point of N 1, 188 per
annum onwards his eligibility for further accelerated increments in all cases
shall be after six months on N 1, 188 per annum and N 1 ,224 per annum;
(c) a constable with the West African School Certificate or its equivalent will be
eligible for his first accelerated advancement to NI, I 88 per annum after at
least twelve months on salary point of N 1, 152 per annum. He shall serve six
months on the salary point of N 1,188 per annum before he is eligible for his

second accelerated increment to N 1 ,224 per annum. He shall proceed to

    1. 1,260 per annum after at least six months on salary point of N 1 ,224 per an-num.
  1. Promotions to be on area command basis and ag ainst vacancies in are a com-mand establishments

Promotion to the rank of non-commissioned officer and promotions within the rank of non-commissioned officer shall be made on an area command basis and all such

promotions within an area command shall be made against the individual vacancies in the separate establishments of the non-commissioned officers of the area command.

165. Ge neral principl es governing promotion of members of rank and file

In making selections for promotions to, or within the non-commissioned ranks of the Force the commissioner shall pay regard to seniority in service and to good conduct but the commissioner shall give preferment to personnel who have manifested superior intel-ligence, zeal and initiative in the discharge of their duties, irrespective of their position in the seniority list. Seniority, unless combined with merit, efficiency and undoubted suit-ability for promotion, shall not constitute a claim for promotion.

166. S pecial qualific ations for promotion

The special qualifications required for promotion to non-commissioned rank are-

(a) aptitude for command, professional knowledge and a good educational stan-dard; and

    1. good conduct, temper and manners and the display of habitual courtesy to-wards the general public.
  1. Promotion to the rank of corporal

Subject to regulation 162 and except with the express approval of the Inspector-

General, no constable shall be promoted to the rank of corporal unless he has served for a

minimum period of five years in the rank of constable.

168. Accelerate d promotion to the rank of corporal

    1. constable who has passed the West African School Certificate Examination or the General Certificate of Education Exa mination (Ordinary Level) in English and mathe-matics, and in not less than two additional subjects, shall be eligible for consideration for promotion to the rank of corporal after he shall have served for not less than two years from the date of appointment as a recruit constable.
  1. Probation for six months on promotion
    1. constable promoted to the rank of corporal shall be required to serve a probationary period of six months in the rank of corporal before he is eligible for confirmation in that rank.
  2. Probation for six months on promotions of corporal to sergeant
    1. corporal promoted to the rank of sergeant shall be required to serve a probationary period of six months in the rank of sergeant before he is eligible for confirmation in that rank.
  3. Reversion in rank for inefficiency
    1. non-commissioned officer on probation who is found unsuitable to hold his rank on the ground of inefficiency shall be reverted to his substantive rank, and in determining his position in the seniority list of that rank, his period of service in the probationary rank shall count as service in his substantive rank.

Act

  1. Reduction in rank of NCO on ground of misconduct: reinstatement
    1. A non-commissioned officer who is reduced in rank on the ground of misconduct shall be placed on the top of the seniority list of the rank to which he is reduced, but shall be required to serve for at least one year in that rank before he shall be eligible for con-sideration for promotion.
    2. The Inspector-General may, as a reward for gallantry or other distinguished po-

lice service at any time order the reinstatement of any officer reverted in accordance with paragraph (1) of this regulation to the rank previously held.

173. Rank and File Interview Boards

Rank and File Interview Boards shall be established in every subordinate formation commanded by a superior police officer, and such Boards shall interview, twice annually, every non-commissioned officer and constable of the formation for the purpose of as-seSSIng-

  1. the suitability for promotion of each such non-commissioned officer; and
  2. the suitability for accelerated advancement within the constable scale or the promotion in rank of each such constable.
  3. Composition of Rank and File Interview Boards
  4. Rank and File Interview Board shall consist of-
      1. the superior police officer in charge of the formation who shall be chairman;
      2. a senior member of the Inspectorate of the formation; and
      3. a senior non-commissioned officer of the formation.
    1. Classification of candidates for advancement or promotion
  5. Rank and File Interview Board is required to classify those interviewed into one of the following categories, namely-
  6. Non-commissioned officers-
    1. suitable for immediate promotion; (ii) not yet suitable for promotion; (iii) not suitable for promotion.
  7. Constables-

(i) suitable for promotion;

(ii) suitable for accelerated advancement in the constable scale; (iii) suitable for routine advancement in the constable scale.

176. Rank and File Interview Board Reports

The chairman of a Rank and File Interview Board shall complete duplicate Interview Board Reports (Pol. Form A66) in respect of each member of the Rank and File inter-

viewed by the Board and send one copy to the area command headquarters for retention.

  1. Rank and File Promotions Merit Lists

(1) The chairman or a Rank and File Interview Board shall maintain separate Merit Lists, the names in each list to be arranged in order of merit of-

  1. constables assessed by the Board as suitable candidates for accelerated ad-vancement within the constable scale; and

(b) constables and non-commissioned officers assessed by the Board as suitable for promotion,

and shall submit such lists to the commissioner of police for the area command, as and when called upon to do so by the commissioner.

(2) Merit Lists shall be reviewed and brought up to date after each sitting of the Board.

178. S peci al recomme ndation for promotion

In cases where it is desired by the officer in charge of a formation to make an imme-diate recommendation on the grounds of meritorious service for-

(a) the accelerated advancement within the constable scale; or

  1. for the promotion of any member of the rank and file,

such recommendation shall be supported by a completed Interview Board Report (Pol. Form A66) and shall be forwarded through the proper channels to the commissioner of police for the area command at the time the recommendation is made, and independently of the submission of the merit lists referred to in regulation 177.

  1. NCOs Promotions Selection Boar ds

The commissioner of police for an area command for the better selection of the most suitable for promotion of the candidates listed by Rank and File Interview Boards, shall convene Non-Commissioned Officers Promotions Selections Boards, which shall be held under the chairmanship of an officer not below the rank of assistant commissioner, to assess the suitability of the candidates for promotion from-

(a) the rank of constable to the rank of corporal; or

(b) the rank of corporal to the rank of sergeant.

  1. Interview Boar d r e ports

The chairman of a non-commissioned Officers Promotions Selection Board shall complete an Interview Board Report (Po I. Form A66) in respect of each candidate inter-viewed by the Board.

Promotion courses

181. Selecte d candi dates to attend promoti on courses

Any constable or non-commissioned officer selected by a Non-Commissioned Offi-

cers Promotions Selection Board as being suitable for promotion in rank, shall be re-

quired to attend a promotion course of one month’s duration at a Refresher Course

School before finally being considered for promotion by a Non-Commissioned Officers

Promotions Selections Board, to be held under the chairmanship of the deputy commis-sioner, or in his absence, assistant commissioner.

  1. Exemptions to rules governing promotion to corporal and sergeant
    1. The rules governing the promotions to corporals and sergeants shall not apply to specialists, that is to say, members of the Special Branch, C.I.D., Public Relations Branch, Force Signals Branch, and technicians.

(2) The personnel mentioned in paragraph (1) above shall, when vacancies occur, be assessed purely on their ability within their own specialist or technical spheres save that where an individual is promoted within the non-commissioned officer ranks as a special-ist or technician and then transferred to general duties, that individual may be required to attend a course of instruction at one of the Refresher Course Schools or at a police col-lege before assuming duty.

183. Instruct ion staff may be exempted fro m attending Refresher Course Schoo l

The commissioner of police for an area command may at his discretion exempt in-structional staff at police colleges or Refresher Course Schools from attending the pro-motion courses at a Refresher Course School.

PART VII

The technical branches of the Force

General

  1. Technical branches of the Force

The following shall be classified as the technical branches of the Force, that is to

  1. ay-
    1. the Force Mechanical Workshops (Transport) Branch;

(b) the Force Marine Branch;

(c) the Force Supply Branch;

(d) the Force Works Branch; and

[L.N. 6 of 1975.]

    1. the Force Public Relations Branch.
  1. Functions ofthe Force Mechanical Workshops Branch

(1) The Force Mechanical Workshops Branch shall be responsible for the mainte-

nance and repair of the mechanisms and coachwork of the vehicles of the Force Transport Fleet.

(2) The officer in charge of the Force Mechanical Workshops Branch shall be desig-nated the Force Workshops Officer.

  1. Functions of the Force Marine Branch
    1. The Force Marine Branch shall be responsible for the navigation and the mainte-nance and repair of the mechanisms and hulls of the craft of the Force Water Transport Fleet.

(2) The officer in charge of the Force Marine Branch shall be designated the Force Marine Officer.

187. Functions of the Force Supply Branch

(1) The functions of the Force Supply Branch are-

(a) the indenting for supplies for the Force;

  1. the taking on charge and the safe custody of supplies purchased for the Force;
  2. the distribution of supplies purchased for the Force;
  3. the maintenance and repair of Force armaments;
  4. the manufacture of clothing for the Force;
  5. the repair of boots and shoes issued as articles of uniforms to members of the Force;

(g) the repair of Force saddlery, and the maintenance of farrier services for police service horses;

(h) the manufacture and repair of minor articles of wooden furniture, including police notice boards and sign boards, for the use of the Force.

(2) The officer in charge of the Force Supply Branch shall be designated the Force Supply Officer.

188. Functions of the Force Works Branch

(1) The functions of the Force Works Branch are-

(a) the erection, subject to the approval of the Director General to the Ministry of Works, of specified permanent and semi-permanent buildings for the Force;

(b) the maintenance of Force Buildings; and

(c) the administration of Force Buildings.

    1. The officer in charge of the Force Works Branch shall be designated the Force Works Officer.
  1. Duties of Force Public Relations Branch

[L.N. 6 of 1975.]

(1) The functions of the Force Public Relations Branch are-

(a)

planning and co-ordination of Force public relations policies with a view to improving police relationship with the public;

(b)

serving as the central source of public information concerning the Force and the only official channel of publicity for the Force;

  1. production and distribution of the Force’s magazine, newsletters, press re-

leases, feature articles, statistics, photographs, films, advertisements and other publicity documents to the information media and the public;

(d) establishment and maintenance of an internal information and reference service within the Force;

(e) examination of complaints from the public;

(f) education of all ranks on the importance of good public relations; and

  1. performance of any other public relations functions as the Inspector-General of Police may direct.

(2) The officer in charge of the Force Public Relations Branch shall be designated Force Public Relations Officer.

Qualifications for appointment into the Technical Branches 190. Launch Quartermas ter

The technical qualifications required of a candidate for enlistment as a Launch Quar-termaster are-

(i) four years’ experience as an Able Seaman; and

(ii) possession of the prescribed Quartermaster certificate of competency.

  1. Launch Masters
    1. An essential qualification for appointment to or for promotion to the rank of Launch Master, Class JI, is possession of the prescribed Rivermasters Certificate.

(2) Launch Quartermasters who are eligible for promotion to the rank of Launch Master, Class 11, shall be selected for such promotion on the basis of experience and merit.

192. AS P (Marine Branch)

    1. Launch Master, Class I or Launch Chief Master, subject to his work and conduct being of the standard required, shall be eligible for consideration for promotion to the rank of assistant superintendent of police (Marine Branch).
  1. Launch Engineer Grade III

The technical qualifications required for a candidate for enlistment as a Launch Engi-neer, Grade III, are-

  1. education to the standard of Primary VI;

(b) four years’ apprenticeship as a Marine Filter; and

(c) possession of the prescribed Certificate of Competency as Marine Engineer.

194. Promotions of Launch Engineers

The promotion of Launch Engineers, Grade III through the grades of Launch Engi-neer to Senior Launch Engineer shall be dependent upon experience and merit.

195. P romotion of Launch Engineers to assistant workshops officer

    1. Launch Engineer in possession of the qualifications prescribed for an Assistant Workshops Officer shall be eligible for consideration for promotion to that rank.
  1. Police crafts men

The technical qualifications required of a candidate for enlistment as a Police Crafts-man are, in his particular trade or craft-

(a)

a period of apprenticeship approved by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity; or

  1. successful completion of a three-and-a-half-year course of instruction at a gov-ernment trade school or other technical college, or institute approved by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity; and

(c)

possession of a Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity Class II Trade Tes t Certi ficate,

197. P romotion of crafts men to assistant foreman

The promotion of a police craftsman to the rank of assistant foreman, Grade II, shall depend on merit and experience:

Provided that no craftsman shall be promoted to the rank of assistant foreman or above unless he is in possession of a Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity Class I Trade Test Certificate.

198. Advancement of’ assistant foreman (Crafts man)

The advancement of an assistant foreman, Grade II to the rank of assistant foreman, Grade I, shall, subject to his having the qualifications required of a craftsman, be auto-matic on completion of four years’ service as an assistant foreman, Grade 11.

199. Pr omotion to foreman

The promotion of assistant foreman, Grade I, to the rank of foreman shall depend on merit and experience.

  1. Promotion to assistant workshops officer
  2. foreman or assistant foreman in possession of the qualifications prescribed for the post of assistant workshops officer shall be eligible for consideration for promotion to the rank of assistant workshops officer.

201. Police artisans

The technical qualifications required of a candidate for enlistment as a police artisan are the possession of a Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity Class III Trade Test Certificate in his particular trade or craft.

  1. Pr omotion of police artisan to assistant foreman, Grade II
    1. The promotion of police artisan to the rank of assistant foreman, Grade II, shall depend on merit and experience:

Provided that no police artisan shall be promoted to the rank of assistant foreman unless he is in possession of a Department of Labour Class 11 Trade Test Certificate.

    1. A police artisan promoted to the rank of assistant foreman, Grade 11 shall be placed on a salary scale to be determined by the Federal Establishment Secretary.
  1. Police artisans: limitation of promotion

No police artisan shall be promoted above the rank of an assistant foreman, Grade II except with the approval of the Federal Establishment Secretary.

  1. Qualification for appointment as assistant police public relations

officer

[L.N. 6 o f 1975.]

The technical qualifications required of a candidate for appointment as an assistant police public relations officer are-

  1. intermediate certificate of the Institute of Public Relations; or
  2. a diploma in journalism or mass communication; or
  3. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent with-

(i) at least three years’ experience as a reporter with a news medium; or (ii) similar e xperience in Government Information Service; or

(iii) public relations work with a large company or statutory corporation.

205. Qualification for appointment as assistant artist

The technical qualifications required for appointment as an assistant artist are-

    1. diploma in commercial art from a college of technology; or
    2. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent with at least four years practical experience in commercial art with a Government Information Serv-ice, a public relations organisation, advertising or with any other mass me-dium.
  1. Qualification for appointment as art studio assi stant

The technical qualifications required for appointment as an art studio assistant are-

  1. secondary Class Four Certificate from a Secondary School recognised by the Government, with aptitude for commercial art; or

(b) one year course in commercial art in a college of technology; or

  1. certificate in commercial art from a trade centre; or

(d) at least three years’ practical experience in a commercial art studio.

207. Qualification for appointment as cinema supervis or

The technical qualifications required for appointment as cinema supervisor are-

  1. a Secondary Class Four Certificate;
  2. a good knowledge of the operation of mobile cinema van and 16 mm sound

projectors and the installation of public address systems in the open air and in halls;

  1. at least three years’ field experience;

(d) ability to maintain an index of registered films;

    1. checking films before and after exhibition; and
  1. repair of damaged films during exhibition.

208. Qualific ation for appointment as driver -projectionist

The technical qualifications required for appointment as a driver-projectionist are-

  1. First-School Leaving Certificate;
  2. ability to drive mobile cinema vans and to operate 16 mm equipment during outdoor and indoor film exhibitions; and

(c) three years of accident-free driving.

209. Qualification for appointme nt as assistant photographer

The technical qualifications required for appointment as assistant photographer are-

(a) Secondary Class Four Certificate; and

  1. local training with at least one year’s experience In photographic work, in-cluding processing and printing of films.

210. Qualification for appointment as assistant library officer

The technical qualifications required for appointment as assistant library officer are-

  1. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent;
  2. an approved in-service training in a library with at least three years’ experience in running a medium-sized reference library.

211. Qualification for appointment as library assistant

The technical qualifications required for appointment as library assistant are-

  1. the West African School Certificate or its equivalent;
  2. an approved in-service training in a library with at least one year’s experience in running a medium-sized reference library.

212. Qualificati on for appointment as library attendant

The technical qualifications required for appointment as a library attendant are-

  1. a minimum of Secondary Class Four Certificate or its equivalent;
  2. a short in-service training in library work with at least three months’ experi-ence in a medium-sized reference library.

Enlistment to the technical branches of the Force

  1. Enlistment proc e dure
    1. An applicant for enlistment into any of the technical branches of the Force shall be required to enlist in the Force in the first instance as a recruit constable, and be

required to undergo a training course of not less than three months’ duration in drill and general police duties at one of the police colleges.

    1. The procedure for the enlistment of personnel for the technical branches of the Force shall as far as possible be the same as that for the enlistment of recruit constables.
    2. On completion of the training course referred to in paragraph (1) of this regula-tion, providing that his work and conduct have been satisfactory, the applicant may be appointed as a member of Police Technical Branch in the trade or craft, and in the grade appropriate to his trade or craft qualifications, such appointment to take effect from the date of first enlistment.
  1. Incremental credits for new appointment to a te chnical branch
  2. member on first appointment to a Technical Branch of the Force shall be entitled to the award of incremental credits in respect of any previous experience in his trade or craft, in accordance with the Ministry of Establishment rules governing incremental credits for newly appointed personnel of the technical grades of the public service.

Supplemental

215. Powers, privileges and immunities

  1. member of a Technical Branch of the Force shall have the same powers, privileges and immunities as any other member of the Force and shall be subject to the same code of discipline as is applicable to members of the General Duties Branch of the Force who are his equivalent in rank.

216. Duties

  1. member of a Technical Branch of the Force shall not be employed on any duties not directly connected with his particular trade or craft.

217. Equivalent police rank s

Without prejudice to the provisions of regulation 278, for pension and gratuity pur-poses and for purposes of discipline, a member of a Technical Branch in receipt of a sal-ary equivalent to that of a member of the General Duties Branch of the Force shall be deemed to hold equivalent rank with such member of the General Duties Branch.

218. Discipline, launch mas ters/enginee rs

Where a member of the rank of launch master, Class II1launch engineer, Grade Il or above is found guilty of any disciplinary offence, the competent authority may order his reduction in rank:

Provided that no launch quartermaster/launch engineer shall be reduced in grade as a result of any disciplinary proceedings.

219. Discipline, workshops personnel

(1) Where a member of the rank of assistant foreman, Grade IT or above is found

guilty of any disciplinary offence, the competent authority may order reduction in rank-

  1. to craftsman, Grade I, in the case of a member holding craftsman qualifica-tions; or
    1. to artisan, Grade I, in the case of a member holding artisan qualifications:

Provided that no craftsman or artisan shall be reduced in grade as the result of any disciplinary proceedings.

220. Salar y on demotion of member of a technical branch

In the event of a member of a Technical Branch being reduced in rank, he shall enter the salary scale applicable to the rank to which he is demoted at the point in the scale commensurate with his total service in the Force.

  1. Appointments of assistant workshop officers: qualifying periods of service
    1. A person who has successfully completed a course of training at a government

trade school or other recognised technical school, or who has successfully completed an apprenticeship approved by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Productivity, may be considered for appointment as an assistant workshops officer, if at the time the ap-pointment is under consideration-

  1. he has been actively employed in his trade for the previous four years; and
  2. he has been in possession of a Ministry of Labour, Employment and Produc-tivity Class I Trade Test Certificate for a period of not less than two years.
  3. A person who has not successfully completed a training course at a government trade school or other recognised technical school and has not served a recognised ap-prenticeship, may be appointed an assistant workshops officer if he has been actively employed in his trade during the nine years immediately preceding the time he is being considered for the appointment and has been in possession of a Ministry of Labour, Em-ployment and Producti vity Class I Trade Test Certificate for not less than two years.

PA RT VIII

Establishment and functions of police colleges, etc.

Police College Ik eja

  1. Es tablishment of the Police College Ikeja

The Police College, Ikeja shall be established as the principal police training college of the Force, and shall be classified as a formation of Force Headquarters.

  1. Functions of Police College Ikeja

The functions of the Police College Ikeja include-

  1. the training of all recruit constables enlisted for service who are ordinarily resident in one of the Southern States;
  2. the training of all direct entry superior police officers and cadet sub-inspectors;
  3. the advanced training of superior police officers and inspectors;

(d) the holding of promotional courses for inspectors and senior non-commissioned officers;

  1. the training of police drivers, police signals (wireless telegraphy) personnel, and police telephone operators;
  2. the training of approved students from other police forces.
  3. Command of Police College Ikeja

The superior police officer in charge of the Police College Ikeja shall be designated the Commandant, Police College Ikeja.

225. Police recruitment officer

The Commandant of the Police College Ikeja shall perform the duties of police re-cruitment officer in respect of candidates for enlistment from the Southern States.

Police College Kaduna

  1. Establishment of the Police College Kaduna

The Police College Kaduna shall be established as the Police Training College for the Northern States and shall be classified as a formation of Force Headquarters.

227. Functions of the Po lice Co llege Kaduna

The functions of the Police College Kaduna include-

    1. the training of all recruit constables enlisted for service who are ordinarily resident in the Northern States; and
    2. the holding of promotional courses for non-commissioned officers and con-stables of the Northern States.
  1. Command of Police College Kaduna

The superior police officer in charge of the Police College Kaduna shall be designated the Commandant, Police College Kaduna.

229. P olice recruitme nt officer

The Commandant of the Police College Kaduna shall perform the duties of Police re-cruitment officers in respect of candidates for enlistment from the Northern States.

Refresher course schools

  1. Establishment of re fresher course schools
    1. The Inspector-General may in his discretion establish a police refresher course school in each area command.
    2. A police refresher course school shall be classified as a police command head-quarters formation of the area command in which it is established.

231. Functions of refresher course schools

(1) The functions of a police area command refresher course school are to provide advanced training courses and promotional courses for selected non-commissioned offi-cers and constables serving in the police area command.

  1. It shall not be the function of a police refresher course school to provide a striking force recruited from the personnel attending courses at the school, but the commissioner of police for the area command may, in times of unrest, deploy the personnel attending the school for the performance of such duties as he may deem fit.

232. Number of students at refres her course school

The number of police students attending courses at any refresher course school shall normally not exceed 130.

233. Comman d of refresher course schools

The command of a refresher course school shall be vested in a superior police officer.

PART IX

Establishment of po lice bands and corps of drums

234. Establishment of Central Police Band

(1) There shall be establishment for the Force a Police Central Band which shall be classified as a Force Headquarters formation.

    1. The Inspector-General shall nominate a superior police officer to be President of the Police Central Band.
  1. The command of the Police Central Band shall be vested in a Director of Music.

235. Establishment of Police State Command

  1. There shall be established in each police State command (excepting the Lagos State Area Command) a police band or corps of drums.
  2. A police band or corps of drums shall be classified as a Police Headquarters for-mation of the police area command in which it is established.
  3. The commissioner of police for the State police command shall nominate a supe-rior police officer to be Pres ident of the police band or corps of drums.

(4) The command of a police band shall be vested in a Bandmaster.

236. Func tion of police bands

The function of a police band or corps of drums is to provide appropriate music at

police functions and at official functions, and to give public band concerts for furtherance

of good relations between the police and the public.

237. Private eng agement of services of police band or corps of drums

(1) Subject to the provisions of this regulation and save that the President of a police band or corps of drums shall have the first call on the services of the band or corps of drums, the services of a police band or corps of drums shall be available for engagement by a private individual, club, society or organisation on a fee-paying basis.

    1. The maximum number of hours for anyone engagement shall be five.
    2. No engagement which requires a police band or corps of drums to continue to play after 2 a.m. shall be accepted.
    3. The maximum number of engagements permitted to anyone private individual, club, society or organisation in anyone year shall be four.
  1. Power to refuse application for eng agement

The President of a police band or corps of drums may refuse any application for the engagement of the services of the band or corps of drums and shall not be required to give any reason for the refusal to the person who made the application.

239. Force band fund

There shall be established a Force band fund which shall be administered by the Commissioner of Police, Force Headquarters.

240. Band (eng agement fees) fund

The President of each band or corps of drums shall establish and administer a band (engagement fees) fund.

241. Administration of Force band fund and band (e ngageme nt fees) fund

The Force band fund and the band (engagement fees) fund shall be administered in accordance with rules made by the Inspector-General.

242. Fees for private engagements

The fees to be charged for private engagements are as follows-

  1. in respect of the Police Central Band, or a section thereof, N IS,40k per hour or part thereof;
  2. in respect of a police band or corps of drums, or a section thereof, Nil per hour or part thereof.

243. Trans port fees

  1. In addition to the engagement fee, an additional fee of forty kobo per 1.67 kilo-metres (the mileage to include the return journey) shall be charged in respect of each po-lice vehicle used for the transportation of the band or corps of drums to the place of the engagement.
  2. The fees charged in accordance with the regulation shall be paid into the Revenue of the Federation.

244. Waiving of fees

No fees shall be charged for official functions, and the President of the band or corps of drums may at his discretion waive the fees in respect of engagements by organisations whose aims are of a charitable nature.

  1. Distribution of fees
    1. Subject to the provision of regulation 241, the fees earned by the Police Central Band in respect of engagements shall be distributed on I January and I July each year as follows-

Per cent

(a) to the Force band fund 20

(b) to the Director of Music 20

(c) to bandsmen of the Central Band 60

(2) Subject to the provisions of regulation 244, the fees earned by a police Area

Command band or corps of drums shall be distributed on I st January and I st July each

year as follows-

Per cent

(a) to the Force band fund 30

(b) to the Bandmaster 10

(c) to the bandsmen of the police State Command band or corps of drums 60

(3) The amount to be paid to an individual bandsman by virtue of paragraph (1) or (2) of this regulation shall be determined by the President of the band or corps of drums having regard to the rank of the bandsman and the service rendered by the bandsman.

Nigeria Police School of Music

246. Establishment of Nigeria Police School of Music

There shall be established a Nigeria Police School of Music for the training of police bandsmen.

  1. Director of Nigeria Police School of Music

Subject to the authority of the Inspector-General the control and administration of the Nigeria Police School of Music shall be vested in the Director of Music.

248. Functions of the Nige ria Police Schoo l o f Music

It shall be the function of the Nigeria Police School of Music to prepare student

bandsmen for the examination held under the auspices of the Royal School of Music or

any other examination that may be specified by the Inspector-General.

249. Nu mber of bands men

The number of student bandsmen undergoing instructions at the school at anyone time shall be as fixed by the Inspector-General.

PART X

The police station

Functions and organisation

250. Functions of the police station

The police station is the principal operational formation of the Force, and the primary functions (exercisable within the limits of the police station area of responsibility) of the police station are-

  1. to carry out the general duties of the Force as specified in the Police Act;

(b)to create and maintain good relations with members of the public;

  1. to create and to maintain permanent records of action taken to implement measures for the prevention of crime, for the preservation of law and order, and for the protection of property;
  2. to create and to maintain permanent records of action taken in the detection of crime and the apprehension of offenders, that is to say, the record of-

(i) complaints made of the commission of criminal offences;

(ii) the particulars of persons arrested, and the reasons for their arrest; and

(iii) the particulars of criminal and other proceedings taken against indi-viduals in the enforcement of the law;

  1. to create and maintain permanent records of every incident reported (i.e., acci-dent, fire, flood, or other acts of God.)

251. Setting up of mobile police stations

In order to extend regular police coverage and facilities to remote communities, mo-bile police stations may be set up, accommodated, and operated in police motor vehicles or police launches, or in other conveyances specially equipped for the purpose.

Records to be kept at police stations, etc.

252. Crime Prevention Records, Criminal Records, Minor Offences Records, etc.

For the purposes of these Regulations-

  1. “Crime Prevention Records” means the police station records of all beats

and patrols duties performed, and of special duties performed, for the preven-tion of crime, the preservation of law and order, and the protection of property;

  1. “Criminal Records” means the police station records-
(i) of offences against the law (other than minor offences) reported to the
police station;
(ii) of police action taken for the detection and apprehension of the offend-
ers; and
(iii) of the judgments and sentences passed by the courts on such offenders;
and

(iv) of acquittals and discharges;

  1. “Minor Offences Records” means the police station records of reports re-ceived in the police station-

(i) of offences for which the penalty provided by the law does not exceed imprisonment for more than seven days or a fine of N 10; and

(ii) of offences against the motor traffic laws; and

(iii) of offences against any bye-law,

and the police station records of police action taken for the detection of of-fenders, and of judgements and sentences passed by the courts on offenders, and of acquittals and discharges;

  1. “Incidents Records ” means the police station records of accidents, floods,

fires, or other acts of God occurring within the police station area of responsi-bility, which affect, or may affect the life, health or wellbeing of any member of the public, and the records of the police action taken in respect of such inci-dents and of the police assistance given to the victims of such incidents.

  1. Police S tation Crime Prevention Records

The Crime Prevention Records of the police station shall be maintained in the fol-lowing Registers, namely-

  1. the Duty Roster;

(b) the Station Routine Diary;

  1. the Register of Habitual Criminals;
  2. the Register of Persons Sentenced to Police Supervision.

254. P olice S tation Criminal Rec ords

The Criminal Records of the police station, shall be maintained in the following Reg-isters, namely-

    1. the Station Crime and Incidents Diary;
    2. the Register of Arrests (Persons Newly Apprehended);
    3. the Register of Sudden and Unnatural Deaths;
    4. the Charge Register (of Felonies and Misdemeanours);
    5. the Register of Simple Offences (offences punishable with imprisonment for not more than six months);
  1. the Register of Court Exhibits;

(g) the Register of Lost, Stolen, and Recovered Property;

(h) the Register of Warrants of Arrests;

(i) the Register of Court Processes;

(j) the Register of Missing Persons.

  1. Police S tation Records of motor traffic offences, and offences ag ainst bye-laws The Minor Offences Records of the police station shall be maintained in the following

Registers, namely-

    1. the Station Minor Offences Diary;

(a) (b)

  1. the Register of Minor Offences;
  2. the Register of Lost, Stolen and Recovered Bicycles;
    1. the Register of Court Processes.
  3. Police Station Records of Incidents

The Incidents Records of the police station shall be maintained in following Registers, namely-

  1. the Register of Road Accidents;

(b) the Register of Fires and Other Incidents;

    1. the Medical Report Book.
  1. Registers of Record, police post

The Registers of Record to be maintained at a police post shall be as follows-

  1. the Duty Roster;

(b) the Station Routine Diary;

  1. the Station Crime and Incident Diary;
  2. the Register of Arrests;
    1. the Register of Court Exhibits;
    2. the Register of Lost, Stolen and Recovered Property.
  3. Registers of Record, village police post

The Registers of Record to be maintained at a village police post shall be as follows-

the Duty Roster;

the Station Routine Diary;

    1. the Station Crime and Incident Diary;
    2. the Register of Arrests.
  1. Ins pector -General may order additional records to be kept

(1) The Inspector-General may, if in his opinion such action is warranted, instruct that Registers of Records additional to those described in regulations 237 to 242 shall be maintained by police stations, or by other police formations.

(2) The nature of any such additional Registers of Records, and the instructions for their maintenance, shall be published in Force Orders.

Control of police stations

  1. Station Officer 2 i/c
    1. The Police Officer next in seruonty to the Station Officer shall be second in command to the Station Officer and shall be designated the Station Officer 2 i/c.

(2) The Station Officer 2 i/c is deputed to act for the Station Officer in the event of the Station Officer’s absence or incapacity.

  1. All matters of importance dealt with by the Station Officer 2 i/c in the absence of the Station Officer shall be referred to the Station Officer on that officer’s return.

261. Assistant Station Officer

(1) There shall be appointed in each police station in which the volume of adminis-trative work warrants such an appointment, a non-commissioned officer to assist the Sta-tion Officer in his administrative duties.

  1. Such non-commissioned officer shall be designated the Assistant Station Officer.

262. Assistant Station Officer to act for S tation Officer

(1) In the event of the absence from the police station of both the Station Officer and the Station Officer 2 i/c, the Assistant Station Officer shall act for the Station Officer.

(2) All matters or importance dealt with by the Assistant Station Officer whilst acting for the Station Officer, shall be referred to the Station Officer or to the Station Officer 2 i/c, dependent upon which of the two officers is the first to return to the police station.

263. Se nior NCO or constable to act as Station Officer

In a police station in which there is no establishment for the duty post of Assistant Station Officer, in the event of the absence from the police station of both the Station Officer and the Station Officer 2 i/C, the responsibility for acting for the Station Officer shall devolve upon the most senior non-commissioned officer or constable present in the police station.

Administrative organisation

264. Police station administrative org anisation

The administrative organisation of a police station shall follow the departmental pat-tern of organisation established in the Area Command Police Headquarters, subject 10 the following modifications-

  1. the work of “A” and “C” Departments shall be merged, and shall be designated Station Administration Duties;

(b)

the work of “B” Department shall be designated Station Executive Duties, and shall include the investigation and prosecution of minor offences, and the per-formance of the station Charge Room Duties.

265. Control of station administrative and executive duties

The Station Officer shall exercise direct control over the Station Administrative Du-ties and Station Executive Duties.

266. Station Officer 2 i/c to be S tation Crime Duties Officer

The Station Officer 2 i/C shall be responsible to the Station Officer for the perform-ance of the duties of officers in charge of Station Crime Duties.

267. Appointment of Minor Offences Officer

  1. non-commissioned officer shall be appointed to perform the duties of Minor Of-fences Officer.

The charge office

268. Es tablishment of S tation Charge Room

(1) There shall be established in each police station an office to be designated the Charge Room which shall be the police station centre for-

  1. the lodgement of complaints or of information by members of the public con-cerning criminal or other matters;

(b) the reception of arrested persons and the recording of the particulars of such persons;

  1. the reception of persons reporting to the police station under the terms of a

court sentence of police supervision, and the recording of the reporting of such persons;

(d) the execution of warrants, and the service of summonses or other court pro-cesses;

  1. the control of the police station personnel performing beats and patrols duties;
  2. the recording of the particulars of the beats and patrols duties, special duties, and other duties performed by the personnel of the police station;
  3. the recording of the withdrawals of and return of arms and ammunition charged to the police station.

(h) the recording of such other matters as may be required by Force Standing Or-ders or other instructions.

(2) The duties performed by the personnel employed in the Charge Room shall be designated Charge Room Duties.

  1. The Charge Room shall be open to the public throughout the 24 hours of the day.
  2. The Charge Room shall be staffed by the following officers-

a non-commissioned officer, who shall be in command of the Charge Room,

  1. and who shall be designated the Charge Room Officer;

(b)

(c)

(d )

where necessary, an Assistant Charge Room Officer or Officers; and

  1. Station writer or writers, who shall be responsible for the maintenance of the Charge Room Records; and

such other personnel as are detailed to stand by as available for duty.

(5) The Charge Room shall be staffed by the personnel of the station on a rotation ba-

sis, and the personnel allocated duty posts in the Charge Room shall assume the respon-

sibilities of such duty posts at the commencement of a tour of duty, and shall relinquish

the responsibilities of such posts to the officers to whom the duty posts are handed over at

the conclusion of the tour of duty.

PA RT XI

Force orders and instructions

Nature andform of Force Orders 269. Nature of Force Orders

The Inspector-General may promulgate Force Orders and Force Administrative In-structions for the control, guidance, and information of members and such Orders and Instructions may be complementary to but shall not supersede any law, regulation or standing orders governing the Force, or any provision of General Orders, Financial In-structions or other instructions issued by or on behalf of Government.

270. For m of Force Orders

Force Orders shall be issued in the following form-

  1. Part I (a)-Administration, in which shall be promulgated orders and instruc-

tions governing the organisation, administration, duties and operational control of the Force;

  1. Part I (b)-Supplements, in which shall be promulgated Government Circulars which contain instructions for the Force, and Force Administrative Instruc-tions;

(c) Part II-Personnel, in which shall be promulgated individual service items relating to members of the Force;

(d) Part Ill-Notifications, in which shall be promulgated notifications of matters of general interest to the Force for the information of members of the Force;

  1. Part IV-Appendices, in which shall be promulgated-

(i) the distribution of superior police officers throughout the Force;

(ii) the results of confirmation examinations (superior police officers and inspectors);

(iii) the allocations of Force Numerals;

(iv) notice of the taking on the strength of the Force of police horses and police dogs, and the identification numbers allocated to each;

  1. notice of the removal from the Force of police horses and police dogs; (vi) notice of inter-provincial transfers of police horses and police dogs;

(vii) other matters requiring to be promulgated which cannot properly be included in Parts I, II or Ill.

271. Police Orders

  1. The commissioner of police for a police area command may promulgate Police Orders for the control, guidance, and information of the members serving under his command and such Police Orders may be complementary to but shall not supersede any orders issued by the Inspector-General.
  2. Police Orders shall be promulgated in a form to be prescribed by the Inspector-General.

wreath;

the device of the Federation, one star and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath;

the device of the Federation, one bar and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath;

the device of the Federation, and crossed tip-staves surrounded by a laurel wreath;

a star, and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath;

crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel wreath;

the device of the Federation and a star; the device of the Federation;

three stars arranged vertically;

two stars arranged vertically;

one star;

one star surmounting a white band on the shoulder strap.

the device of the Federation, two stars and crossed tipstaves surrounded by a laurel

(a)

Inspector-General

272. Police Formation Orders

(1) The officer in command of any subordinate police formation of a police area command may issue Formation Orders for the control and guidance of the members of the formation and such Formation Orders shall be confined to instructions governing the duties of members of the formation, and may be complementary to but shall not super-sede any orders issued by superior authority.

(2) Formation Orders shall be promulgated in a form to be prescribed by the Inspec-

tor-General.

PART XII

The ranks of the Force, insignia of rank , precedence, and uniforms Rank of the Force and insignia

273. Ranks and insignia of rank

( I) The different ranks of superior pol ice officers of the Force, the precedence, and the insignia of each of such rank, shall be as prescribed below-

(b) Deputy Inspector-General

  1. Assistant Inspector-General
  2. Commissioner
  3. Deputy-Commissioner
  4. Assistant Commissioner
  5. Chief Superintendent

(h) Superintendent

(i) Deputy Superintendent

(j) Assistant Superintendent

(Substantive rank)

(k) Assistant Superintendent

(on probation or trial)

  1. Cadet Assistant Superintendent

[L.N. 88 o f 1976.]

four horizontal bars arranged vertically; three horizontal bars arranged vertically; two horizontal bars arranged vertically;

  1. The different ranks of the Force Inspectorate, the precedence, and the insignia of each such rank shall be as prescribed below-
  2. Chief Inspector
  3. Inspector (Substanti ve)
  4. Inspector (On probation)
  5. Cadet Inspector

(2nd six months of training)

    1. Cadet Inspector

(I st six months of training)

one epaulette and two horizontal bars arranged verticall y;

one epaulette.

  1. The different ranks of the non-commissioned officers of the Force, the prece-dence, and the insignia of each such rank shall be as prescribed below-

(a) Sergeant three chevrons, worn points down;

(b) Corporal two chevrons, worn points down.

274. Rank to denote duties in certain cases

To denote their duties, inspectors, non-commissioned officers and constables shall have prefixed to their rank, in the case of members of-

  1. the Criminal Investigation Branch, the word “Detective”;
  2. the Signals Branch, the word “Signals”;

[L.N. 35 o f 1976.]

  1. a Police Band or Corps of Drums, the word “Band”.

275. Ranks of workshop personnel

The different ranks of police artisans employed in workshop duties, the precedence, and the insignia of each such rank, shall be as prescribed below-

  1. Assistant Workshops

Officer, Grade I four horizontal bars arranged vertically;

  1. Assistant Workshops

Officer, Grade 1I three horizontal bars arranged vertically;

(c) Assistant Workshops

Officer, Grade III two horizontal bars arranged vertically;

  1. Assistant Workshops

Officer, Grade IV one horizontal bar;

  1. Police Artisan,

I st Class three metal chevrons, worn with points up;

  1. Police Artisan,

2nd Class two metal chevrons, worn with points up;

  1. Police Artisan,

3rd Class one metal chevron, worn with point up.

276. Ranks of launch quartermas ters

The different ranks of police artisans employed as Police Launch Quartermasters and Police Launch Engineers, the precedence, and the insignia of each such rank, shall be as prescribed below-

  1. Senior Launch Quartermasterfour horizontal bars arranged vertically;
  2. Senior Launch Quartermaster

Launch Engineer, Grade II three horizontal bars arranged vertically;

  1. Senior Launch Quartermaster

Launch Engineer, Grade III

(d) Senior Launch Quartermaster

Launch Engineer, Grade IV

(e) Launch Quarter master

Launch Engineer, Class I

two horizontal bars arranged vertically;

one horizontal bar;

three metal chevrons, worn with points up;

  1. Launch Quarter master Launch

Engineer, Class II

(g) Launch Quarter master Launch

Engineer, Class III

two metal chevrons, worn with points up; one metal chevron, with point up.

277. Polic e artis ans to wear craft emble ms

(1) Police artisans shall wear beneath the metal chevrons indicating rank, a badge or emblem indicative of the craft or trade followed.

  1. The badge or emblem shall be of a design to be prescribed by the Inspector-General.

278. Police artis ans and g eneral duties personnel; equivalent r anks

For pension purposes, and except where expressly otherwise provided, generally for the purposes of these Regulations-

  1. an assistant workshops officer, or a senior launch quartermaster or a senior launch engineer, of the grade-

(i) Grade I, shall be deemed to hold the rank of chief inspector; (ii) Grade II, shall be deemed to hold the rank of inspector;

(iii) Grade Ill, shall be deemed to hold the rank of sub-inspector;

(iv) Grade IV, shall be deemed to hold the rank of sub-inspector on proba-tion;

  1. a police artisan-
(i) if his salary does not exceed the maximum of the salary scale provided
for a constable, shall be deemed to hold the rank of constable;
(ii) if his salary is equivalent to the salary received by a corporal, or that
received by a sergeant, shall be deemed to hold the rank of corporal or
sergeant, as the case may be.

Significant uniforms and undress uniforms 279. Significant uniforms of the Force

(1) The significant uniforms of the Force shall be of a design to be prescribed by the President, acting with the advice of the Nigeria Police Council.

(2) Undress uniforms for members shall be as prescribed by the Inspector-General.

280. Orders of dress and dress reg ulations

Orders of dress, and dress regulations, shall be promulgated by the Inspector-General in Force Orders.

281. Badge of the Force

The badge of the Force shall be the figure of an elephant facing left, having as back-ground two batons intersecting, the point of intersection being in the centre of and

slightly above the ridge of the elephant’s back; mounted on the point of intersection of the batons, the figure of an eagle, under the device, a scroll with the legend The Nigeria Police.

282. We aring of insignia of rank

(1) Superior police officers and inspectors, assistant workshops officers and senior launch quartermasters, and senior launch engineers, shall wear the insignia of their rank on both shoulder straps of the uniforms.

(2) The insignia of rank of non-commissioned officers and police artisans shall be worn on the upper right sleeve of the uniform.

PA RT XIII

Force animals

Police service horses

283. Force equitation officer

The superior police officer appointed in charge of police service horses shall be des-ignated the Force Equitation Officer.

284. Establishment of Force Equitation Sc hool

There shall be established a Force Equitation School.

285. Functions of Force Equitation School

The functions of the Force Equitation School shall be as follows-

(a) the training of selected personnel in equitation and horsernastership; and

(b) the breaking and training of young horses for service with the Force.

286. Training of Police Service horses

Police Service horses are to be trained with particular regard to their familiarisation with-

  1. metalled roads;

(b) vehicular traffic and people in crowds; and

  1. smoke and noise occasioned by the discharge of firearms.

Police Camelry Corps

287. Police Carnelry Corps

The Inspector-General may, with the approval of the President, establish a Police Camelry Corps.

Police Service dogs

288. Classes of Police Service dogs

(l) The classes of Police Service dogs that may be employed for service with the Force are as follows-

  1. General Purposes (GP dogs);
  2. Narcotics Detection (NO dogs);
  3. Guard (Security) (S dogs).
  4. If the Force Dogmaster mentioned in these Regulations is of opinion that any young dog employed for service with the Force is in need of stabilisation training away from police kennels he may, with the approval of the Inspector-General given either gen-erally, or specially in any particular case, lend any such dog to a suitable person able and willing to give that training and upon and subject to such terms and conditions and for such period (not exceeding in any event nine months) as the Inspector-General may direct and require; and the person to whom the young dog is lent shall, in any dealing with the dog then and thereafter, be classified in the records as an approved recipient.

[L.N. 50 o f 1969.]

289. The Force Dog master

The superior police officer appointed in charge of the Police Service dogs shall be designated the Force Dogmaster.

  1. Police Service dog handlers
    1. The police officers responsible for the operation of Police Service dogs shall be designated Police Dog Handlers.
    2. A Police Dog Handler engaged in operational duties shall, unless otherwise di-rected by the Force Dogmaster, be responsible for the care and operations of one Police Service dog only.

291. Es tablishment of Force Police Service Dog Training Centre

There shall be established a Force Police Service Dog Training Centre.

292. Functions of Force Police Service Dog Training Centre

The functions of the Force Police Service Dog Training Centre shall be as follows-

(a) the training of Police Service dogs;

    1. the training of Police Dog Handlers; and
    2. the breeding, from approved strains, of dogs for service with the Force.
  1. Force Service Dog Es tablishment

The Force Police Service Dog Training Centre shall have a Dog Establishment which shall consist of such number of dogs in each of the following categories as the Inspector-General may from lime to time direct-

    1. dogs under, training as Police Service Dogs;
      1. bitches for breeding purposes; and
      2. young dogs (young progeny of bitches maintained for breeding purposes).
  1. Police Kennels

The accommodation provided for Police Service dogs shall be designated police ken-nels.

  1. Police kennel men
    1. Police constables (whether regular police constables or supernumerary con-

stables) to whom the duties of maintaining Police Kennels are assigned shall be desig-nated Police Kennelmen.

    1. The Force personnel establishment of Police Kennelmen shall be as approved by the Inspector-General.
  1. Police service dogs to be innoculated ag ainst rabies

It shall be the responsibility of the Force Dogmaster to see that Police Service dogs are innoculated against rabies-

  1. on reaching the age of six months; and
  2. thereafter annually on the anniversary of the first innoculation.

Purchase of Force animals

  1. Inspector-General to be responsible fo r pu rchase of Fo rce animals

The Inspector-General, or such other officer as may be nominated by the Inspector-General for that purpose, shall be responsible for the purchase of animals for service with the Force.

298. Hors es to be purchased in Nigeria

Horses for service with the Force shall be purchased in Nigeria.

  1. Principal requirements of a horse to be purchased for the Force
  2. horse to be purchased for service with the Force shall-
  3. in conformation, be with plenty of bone, have good feet and a short strong back;

(b) be not less than three nor more than five years old;

  1. be not less than 15.1 hands in height; and
  2. be of a tractable disposition.

300. Dogs may be purchased in Nig eria or o verseas

Dogs for service with the Force may be purchased in Nigeria or overseas.

301. Breeds of dogs to be purchased

  1. Subject to paragraph (2) of this regulation, purchases of dogs for service with the Force shall be confined to the following breeds, that is to say-
  2. Doberman Pinscher;

(b) German Sheperd Dog (Alsatian);

(c) Labrador.

    1. The Inspector-General may, if satisfied that a proposed breed of dog has proved its usefulness in any police force, add that breed of dog to the list mentioned in para-graph (1) of this regulation.
  1. Requirements of dogs to be purc hase d for servic e with the Forc e

(1) A dog to be purchased for service with the Force shall-

  1. be not less than three months nor more than twelve months old; and
  2. be of a tractable disposition.

(2) No dog that shows any evidence of nervousness, sickness, or bad temper shall be purchased for service with the Force.

303. Veterinar y officer’s certificate of fitness

No animal shall be purchased for service with the Force unless certified as fit by a veterinary officer.

Identification of service animals 304. Identification numbers for Force animals

An identification number shall be assigned for each animal purchased for service with the Force.

  1. Manner of affixing identification number
    1. Each Police Service horse shall have its identification number branded on the near forefoot.

(2) The Force Dogmaster shall maintain record of the nose print of each Police Serv-ice dog at the Force Dog Training Centre.

  1. Disposal of service animals
      1. The Inspector-General may authorise the disposal of any Police Service Animal for any of the following reasons-
    1. failing to respond to training;

(b) proving unsatisfactory for any reason after having been posted for operational duties; or

    1. by reason of age being unsuitable for further use with the Force. (2) The method of disposal shall be as directed by the Inspector-General.
  1. Veterinary officer’s report if Force animal dies

If any Police Service animal dies as a result of any accident or from natural causes, a report from a veterinary officer certifying the cause of death shall be obtained by the po-lice officer to whose care the animal is assigned.

308. Power to order inquiry into cause of death of Force animal

In every case of serious injury to, or death of, a Police Service animal (other than

death from natural causes), the Inspector-General shall cause an inquiry to be made into the cause and circumstances surrounding the injury or death.

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Duties of officers

309. Duties of the Inspector-General

(1) The Inspector-General shall be charged with the supreme command of the Force and with the maintenance of public safety and public order.

(2) The Inspector-General shall keep the President fully informed on the state of public security in the Federation.

310. Nigeria Police annual report

(1) The Inspector-General shall in January each year make a survey of all aspects of the work and activities of the Force performed or carried out during the period I January to 31 December of the previous year and the information obtained from the survey shall be embodied in a report to be designated the Nigeria Police Annual Report.

  1. The Inspector-General shall submit the Nigeria Police Annual Report to the

President for approval and, on receiving the approval, shall publish the Nigeria Police Annual Report as an official publication.

311. Orders relating to duty post not s pecified in regulations or standing orders

Where the duties of a police officer holding a particular duty post are not prescribed by these Regulations or laid down in standing orders, it shall be the duty of the Inspector-General to prepare, or cause to be prepared, detailed orders governing the duties of that duty post.

  1. Duties of Deputy Ins pector -General
    1. The Deputy Inspector-General is the second in command of the Force, and shall act for the Inspector-General in the Inspector-General’s absence from Force Headquar-ters.

(2) When acting for the Inspector-General, the Deputy Inspector-General shall be guided by the following-

(a)

all matters involving any change in Force policy shall be held in abeyance

pending the Inspector-General’s return, or, if the matter is urgent, referred di-rectly to the Inspector-General for instructions;

(b)

all matters of importance dealt with by the Deputy Inspector-General during the Inspector-General’ s absence shall be referred to the Inspector-General on

his return.

313. Duties of Assistant Ins pector-General

(1) The Assistant Inspector-General shall be subordinate in rank to the Deputy In-spector-General but shall be senior to all Commissioners.

    1. The Assistant Inspector-General shall act for the Inspector-General in the absence of both the Inspector-General and the Deputy Inspector-General and when so acting the provisions of sub-paragraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph (2) of regulation 312 shall, with any necessary modification, apply to him.
  1. General duties of officers controlling Departme nts

The general duties of officers controlling Force Headquarters Departments are-

(a) the direction, supervision, and co-ordination of the work of the branches of their respective Departments;

  1. the standardisation throughout the Force of the procedures relating to their respective Departments;
  2. the methodical review of all Standing Orders, Force Orders and other Force Instructions relative to the work of their respective Departments, and the sub-mission to the Inspector-General for approval of such additions or amendments to such orders as they may from time to time consider necessary

315. Duties of the officer in charge of the Force Central C .I.D.

The duties of the officer in charge of the Force Central Criminal Investigation De-partment subject to the control of the Inspector-General shall include-

(a) the overall direction and co-ordination of measures for crime prevention in the Federation;

form;

(iv) the control and supervision of the supernumerary constables employed in the State command, and subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Council, the enlistment of such supernumerary con-stables;

(v) the control of the area command special constabulary detachments;

the ensuring that Force returns and statistical reports called for by the of-fice of the Inspector-General are submitted punctually and in the correct

(iii)

the ensuring that the laws and the orders and instructions governing the Force are properly observed in all the formations of the State command;

(ii)

the co-ordination of the police work of the police provinces or police divisions of the State command;

(i)

of offenders, and for law enforcement generally in the area of responsibility of the police State command.

(3) The Commissioner of Police shall be responsible for ensuring that the Inspector-General is immediately informed of the commission of any serious offence within the police State command, and of the apprehension of, or the occurrence of, any major dis-turbance of the peace within the State command.

(4) The general duties of the Commissioner include-

for

(2) The Commissioner of Police shall be directly responsible to the Inspector-General the preservation of the peace, the prevention and detection of crime, the prosecution

C.I.D. Training School for the training of selected Force personnel in criminal investigation duties.

316. Duties of Commissioner of Police for a State Command

(1) The Commissioner of Police for a police State command, subject to the control of the Inspector-General, shall be charged with the command and administration of the State command to which he is appointed, and with the maintenance of Force discipline in the area command.

subject to the direction of the Inspector-General, the supervision of the Force

(i)

persons, missing persons, and lost, stolen or recovered property;

(f)

the examination of Disputed Documents;

(g)

the compilation of Force Criminal Statistics;

(h)

the direction and control of the Nigeria National Central Bureau of the Inter-national Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL);

(e)

the publication of the Police Gazette, containing information

regarding wanted

the maintenance of the List of Deportees;

(b)

(c) (d)

the overall direction of the conduct of criminal investigations, and of the police prosecutions of offenders in the Federation;

the maintenance of the Force Modus Operandi Index;

(vi) subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Coun-cil, the appointment of the special constabulary superior police officers and inspectors for service in the State command;

(vii) the regular inspection at six-months intervals of each Police Headquarters formation in the State command, and the visiting at least once in every twelve months of every police station and police post in the State com-mand;

(viii) the preparation and the forwarding to the Inspector-General on the due

date, of confidential reports on the work and conduct of the superior police

officers and inspectors under his command;

(ix) the recommending, to the Inspector-General, in recognition of outstanding services, of area command personnel for the award of medals, decorations, commendations and monetary awards, and the awarding to personnel of Commissioner’s commendations;

(x) the re-engagement and the approving of the continued service of members of the rank and tile serving under his command;

(xi) subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Coun-

cil, the maintenance of the State command establishments of non-

commissioned officers at the approved level by promotions from within

the ranks of the members of the rank and file serving in the police area

command;

(xii) subject to the instructions of the Inspector-General, the direction of the

postings and transfers within the area command of the superior police offi-

cers and inspectors under his command;

(xiii) the postings and transfers within the area command of members of the rank and file serving in the State command;

(xiv) subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Coun-

cil, and acting in accordance with the powers conferred upon him by any

such delegation, adjudication of disciplinary offences, and of appeals

against disciplinary convictions and punishments, and the review of disci-

plinary convictions and punishments;

(x v) the scrutiny and annotation of all petitions addressed through him to the Inspector-General;

(xvi) the approval, subject to the exigencies of the service, of leave applications

submitted by superior police officers and inspectors of the State command,

and the maintaining of records of leave granted;

(xvii) the forwarding to the Inspector-General, for the computation of gratuities

and of pensions, of the relevant documents in all cases of discharge from

the Force of members of the rank and file serving in the area command;

(xviii) the supervision of the Police State Command Refresher Course School, and the selection of personnel for attendance at the promotional and

refresher courses held at the school, and the supervision of the drawing up of the training syllabuses for such promotional and refresher courses;

(xix) the systematic instruction of the junior officers under his command in their professional duties, and ensuring that facilities are granted to such officers to prepare for the prescribed examinations.

317. Commissioner to report movements

(1) A Commissioner of Police for a police State command shall not leave the locale of his police area without first obtaining the permission of the Inspector-General.

(2) A Commissioner, when proceeding on duties that will necessitate his absence

from his Headquarters for more than 24 hours, shall report in advance his proposed itin-

erary to the Inspector-General.

  1. Duties of Provincial Police Officer

(1) The Police Area Commander, subject to the control of the Commissioner, shall be charged with the direction and administration of the police Area Command and the maintenance of Force discipline in the police Area Command.

  1. The Police Area Commander shall be directly responsible to the Commissioner of Police for the State command for the preservation of the peace, the prevention and detec-tion of crime, the prosecution of offenders, and law enforcement generally in the police Area Command.

319. Police Area Commander to report to Inspector-General and to Commissioner, the commission of offences

    1. The Police Area Commander shall, where this is required by Force Instructions, give immediate and direct information to the Inspector-General of the commission of criminal offences within the police Area Command, or the occurrence of major distur-bances in the police Area Command.
    2. The Police Area Commander shall give immediate information to the Commis-sioner of Police for the police State command of the commission of any serious offence in the police Area Command, and of the apprehension of, or the occurrence of, any major disturbance of the peace within the police Area Command.
  1. General duties of Police Area Commander

The general duties of a Police Area Commander include-

(i) the acquiring of a thorough knowledge of the topography of the Area Command;

(ii) the co-ordination of the police work of the police districts and divisions of the police Area Command, and the direction and general supervision of the executi ve police duties of the police Area Commands;

(iii) the direction and supervision of the Police Area Command Motor Traffic Division;

(iv) the regular inspection of the Police Area Command Headquarters, and the inspection, at least once every three months, of each police station and post under his command;

(v) the maintenance of good relations with the public and the ensuring that the personnel under his command adopt a civil attitude in their dealings with the public;

(vi) the enquiry into complaints against the police;

(vii) the maintenance of good relations with the administrative officer in charge of the Area Command and with other Area Command administrative offi-cers, and with the members of the Area Command judiciary;

(viii) the ensuring that the laws, and the orders and instructions governing the Force are properly observed in all formations of the police Area Com-mand;

(ix) the ensuring that Force Returns and statistical reports called for by Force Instructions are submitted punctually and in the correct form;

(x) the implementation of the provisions of Force Instructions governing the provincial recruitment of constables for the Force;

(xi) the maintenance of the Records of Service of members under his com-mand;

(xii) by personal contact, the acquiring of a thorough knowledge of the charac-

ter and qualities of each officer, inspector and non-commissioned officer

under his command, and, as far as is practicable, of each of the members

of the rank and file serving under his command;

(xiii) the preparation of and the forwarding to the Commissioner on the due date of confidential reports on the work and conduct of the superior police offi-cers and inspectors under his command;

(xiv) the interviewing at intervals of six months of each member of the rank and file under his command, and the entry into the member’s confidential rec-ord of an appraisement of the work and conduct of such member;

  1. the making of recommendations, as and when called for by the Commis-

sioner, for the promotion of members of the rank and file serving under his command;

(xvi) the recommending to the Commissioner on the due date of the re-

engagement and the approving of continued service of members of the

rank and file serving under his command, or, in a proper case, the non-re-

engagement or the withholding of approval for continued service;

(xvii) for the further training in police duties of all me mbers of the police Area

Command, the organising in each formation of the Area command of

courses of regular and systematic lectures on subjects connected with po-

lice duties generally, and on the laws, orders and instructions governing

the Force;

(xviii) the control of the police province stores, and indents for stores, and the inspection of stores allocations made to the police Area Command;

(xix) the regular inspection of the arms and ammunition on charge to the police Area Command;

  1. the ensuring that each member of the rank and file under his command is

properly clothed and equipped in accordance with the clothing and equip-ment scales laid down in standing orders;

(xxi) subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Coun-

cil and acting in accordance with the powers conferred upon him by any

such delegation, the adjudication of disciplinary offences and of appeals

against disciplinary convictions and punishments;

(xxii) the scrutiny and annotation of all petitions submitted by members, and addressed through him to superior authority;

(xxiii) the approval, subject to the exigencies of the service, of applications for

annual and earned leave submitted by members of the rank and file serving

in the police province, and the maintaining of a record of all leave granted;

(xxiv) the supervision of police province inspectors messes, and of canteens and recreation rooms for members of the rank and tile;

  1. the recommending to the Commissioner, in a proper case, of the payment

of compassionate grants to members of the police Area Command or to their dependants and of other grants that may properly be made from the Police Reward Fund;

(xxv i) the control and supervision of the supernumerary constables employed in the police Area Command;

(xxvii) the raising, the organisation and the supervision of the police Area Com-mand special constabulary detachment;

(xxv iii) subject to any necessary delegation of powers by the Nigeria Police Coun-cil, the appointment of the constables and non-commissioned officers of the police Area Command special constabulary detachment.

321. Absence of Police Area Commander from Area Command

    1. Police Area Commander shall not leave the locale of his police Area Command without first obtaining the permission of the Commissioner.
  1. Absence of Police Area Commander from headquarters
    1. Police Area Commander when proceeding on duties that will necessitate his ab-sence from his Headquarters for more than 24 hours shall report in advance his proposed itinerary to the Commissioner.

323. Duties of Stati on Officer

  1. A Station Officer shall, subject to the control of the District or Divisional Police Officer, be charged with the direction and administration of the police station, and with the maintenance of the discipline of the personnel of the police station.
  2. The Station Officer shall be directly responsible to the District or Divisional Po-lice Officer for the preservation of the peace, the prevention and detection of crime, and law enforcement generally in the police area of responsibility.

324. Station Officer to report offences to District or Divisional Police Officer

The Station Officer shall give immediate information to the District or Divisional Po-lice Officer of the commission of any serious offence in the police station area of respon-sibility, and of the apprehension of, or the occurrence of, any disturbance of the peace within the police station area of responsibility.

325. General duties of Station Officer

The general duties of the Station Officer include-

(i) the acquiring of a thorough knowledge of the topography of the police area of responsibility and of leading personalities in the police station area;

(ii) the setting up, and the personal supervision of an efficient beats and pa-trols system covering the police station area of responsibility and the en-forcement of crime prevention measures generally;

(iii the direction and supervision of the police station traffic duties;

      1. the setting up of the Police Station Information and Map room;
    1. the institution of adequate police arrangements to ensure the enforcement of law and order in the law courts situated in the police station area of re-sponsibility, and to ensure the safe custody of the prisoners appearing be-fore the courts;
  1. the performance of such duties in connection with the control of aliens

resident in the station area as may be required of him by the Chief Federal Aliens Officer;

(vii) subject to necessary authorisation by a superior police officer, the per-formance of the duties of a superior police officer in respect of persons subject to police supervision under the provisions of the Prevention of Crimes Act and the Prevention of Crimes Regulations;

(viii) the ensuring that any person in police custody in the police station who is arrested without warrant is brought, if it is possible to do so, before a magistrate within 24 hours of the arrest having been effected, or failing this, as soon after the expiry of that period as is practicable;

(ix) the supervision of the conduct of all identification parades held in connec-tion with the police station investigations;

  1. the personal preparation of all special, progress, or final reports called for in connection with serious criminal offences under personal investigation by him;

(xi) the scrutiny of all charge sheets in respect of serious offences prepared by the police station for lodgement in the courts;

(xii) the prosecution of serious criminal offences committed in the police sta-tion area;

(xiii) in cases where the offender in a criminal offence is unknown, the referring of the case file to the District or Divisional Police Officer for closure as undetected;

(xiv) the supervision, as directed by the District or Divisional Police Officer, of the supernumerary constables employed in the police station area;

  1. the supervision of the police duties and of the training of members of the special constabulary attached to the police station;

(xvi) the maintenance of good relations with the general public, and the ensur-ing that all me mbers or the public having business in the police station are courteously received and that their business is promptly attended to;

(xvii) the taking of proper action in cases of complaints against police;

(xviii) the reporting to the District or Divisional Police Officer the particulars of any claims against police lodged in the police station;

(xix) the forwarding to the District or Divisional Police Officer the full facts of the case should a legal action be brought against any member of the rank and tile under his command, in respect of any act done in the performance of such member’s official duties;

  1. the acquiring of a thorough knowledge of the character and potentialities of the personnel serving under his command, and of the family commit-ments of such personnel;

(xxi) the ensuring that each member of the rank and file under his command is interviewed by the Police Area Commander at six-monthly intervals, and the records of such interviews are inserted in the confidential record of the man interviewed;

(xxii) subject to any necessary authorisation, the adjudication of disciplinary cases in accordance with the powers conferred upon officers of his equivalent rank by these Regulations;

(xxiii) the recommending to the District or Divisional Police Officer for approval, subject to the exigencies or the service, of applications for annual leave submitted by members of the rank and file serving under his command;

(xxiv) the approval, in accordance with the provisions of these Regulations, of applications for casual leave submitted by members of the rank and tile serving under his command;

  1. the keeping of careful check on the sickness rate of the members of the rank and file under his command, and the informing of the medical authorities and the District or Divisional Police Officer in cases where the sickness rate is abnormally high, or when outbreaks of infectious or conta-gious diseases occur;

(xxv i) the supervision of the police station canteen and recreation room;

(xxvii) the disbursement of the salaries and allowances of the members of the rank and file of the police.

326. Stati on Officer ins pecti on duties

The Station Officer shall carry out the following inspection duties-

(i) at least once in the morning and once in the afternoon of each day, the scrutiny of the following Police Station Registers-

  1. the Crime and Incidents Diary;

(b) the Routine Diary;

(c) the Register of Arrests;

(d) the Charge Register;

(ii) at least twice per week, the inspection of the operation of the police station Day Beats and Patrols system;

(iii) at least twice per week, once before midnight, and once after midnight, the inspection of the operation of the police station Night Beats and Patrols systems;

(iv) on each Wednesday of each week, the inspection of the arms and ammu-nition on charge to the police station;

  1. on each Saturday of each week, the full inspection of the police station;
  2. at least once every month, the full inspection of each police post and vil-lage police post of the police station;

(vii) at least once every month, the inspection and the signing of the Police Notebooks of each member of the police station.

327. Station Officer to re port abse nce from stati on

The Station Officer, when proceeding on duties that will necessitate his absence from his police station for more than 24 hours, shall report in advance his proposed itinerary to the District or Divisional Police Officer.

328. Station Officer not to leave l ocale of station area without permission

The Station Officer shall not leave the locale of his police station area of responsibil-ity without first obtaining the permission of the District or Divisional Police Officer.

329. Training duties of Station Officer

(1) The Station Officer shall, for the further training in police duties of the members of the rank and file under his command, organise courses of regular and systematic lec-tures on-

(a) general police duties;

    1. the laws, orders and instructions governing the Force;
    2. the state of crime in the station area and in the area command generally;
    3. matters of general police interest in the area command and in the Federation;
  1. the responsibilities of all police officers in regard to the collection of intelli-gence of criminal and subversive activities.
    1. The Station Officer shall, by personal instruction, ensure that the personnel of the police station are fully acquainted with-
  2. the description and habits of-

(i) persons on the Police Station Wanted Persons and Missing Persons Lists;

(ii) persons on the Police Station Registered Bad Character List; (iii) the police supervisees reporting to the police station;

  1. the particulars of property lost, stolen or recovered in the station area; and
  2. information published in the Police Gazette.
  3. Drill parades and riot drill

The Station Officer shall hold regular drill parades for the personnel of the police sta-tion, and regular exercises in the drills laid down in the Riot Drill Manual.

331. Duties of administrative officer

Subject to the direction of the Station Officer, the duties of the member appointed to assist the Station Officer in his administration duties include-

(i) the publication each Saturday at 1200 hours of the Station Duty Roster, detailing the routine duties to be performed by the personnel of the Police

Station during the week following;

(ii) the ensuring that the volumes of the laws, and the copies of the Orders and Instructions governing the Force on charge to the station are maintained in an up-to-date condition;

(iii) the preparation and promulgation of such formation Routine Orders as may be required for the efficient operation of the Police Station command;

(iv) the safe custody of found property delivered to the police station and the taking of proper measures to trace the owners of such property;

  1. the disposal, in accordance with the directions of the courts, of unclaimed property held in safe custody;

(vi) the maintenance of a Police Station Registry in conformity with Force instructions;

(vii) the ensuring that Force Returns and Statistical Reports called for by Force Instructions are submitted punctually and in the correct form;

(viii) the maintenance of the Service Registers of the members serving in the police station;

(ix) the control of the police station stores and the preparation of the police station requisitions for stores;

  1. the control of the police station armoury.
  2. Crime duties of officer 2 i/c of police station

Subject to the direction of the Station Officer, the duties of the officer appointed sec-ond in command of the Police Station shall include-

(i) the perusal and appreciation of every complaint lodged at the police sta-tion in respect of the commission of criminal offences;

(ii) the taking of proper action in respect of complaints lodged at the police

station regarding the commission of criminal offences in places outside the

police station area of responsibility;

(iii) the refusal of complaints connected with criminal offences when it is ap-parent that no public interest will be served by further enquiry;

(iv) the personal investigation of all serious criminal offences, and the general direction of the investigation of all other criminal offences which are committed in the police station area of responsibility;

  1. the rigid observance, and the enforcing of the rigid observance by mem-bers of the police station, of the Judges Rules in the interrogation of sus-pected and accused persons;

(vi) the referring promptly to the District or Divisional Crime Officer when advice or assistance is required in the investigation of any criminal of-fence;

(vii) the authorisation, in accordance with the provisions of the Act, of the re-lease on bail of persons arrested without warrant;

(viii) the signing of all charges emanating from the police station for lodgement in the courts;

(ix) the prosecution of criminal offences committed in the police station area.

333. Duties of the Charge Room Officer

The duties of the Charge Room Officer include-

  1. the prompt reporting to the Station Officer, or to the Officer in charge of Station Crime Duties, any matters occurring during his tour of duty that require to be brought to the notice of such officers;

(ii) the maintenance of the discipline, and the supervision of the work of the Station Writers, and of such other personnel as are employed in or are on duty in the Charge Room;

(iii) the courteous reception of all members of the public visiting the Charge Room, and the courteous removal of members of the public who have no business in the Charge Room;

(iv) the ascertaining from persons wishing to make a complaint, or to report an incident, the nature of and the details of the complaint or incident;

  1. the causing the Station Writer to enter, in concise language, into the Sta-tion Crime and Incidents Diary, the details of every complaint made and incident reported;

(vi) the refusal of complaints in which no public interest will be served by

further enquiry, and the making in his own handwriting a record of such

refusals in the Station Crime and Incidents Diary;

(vii) the referring promptly to the Station Officer of all complaints made against the police;

(viii) the referring promptly to the Station Crime Duties Officer of all com-plaints concerning the commission of criminal offences which require further investigation;

(ix) the enforcement of the Police Orders governing the security of the police

    1. tation;
  1. the remaining up-to-date of the Charge Room Arms and Ammunition Tally Board;

(xi) the inspection, and the full briefing as to the duties to be performed, of personnel leaving the police station on beats and patrols duties, or other duties, and the ensuring-

  1. that such personnel are properly dressed and equipped, and are in possession of their Police Notebooks; and
  2. that a proper record is made in the Station Routine Diary of any spe-cial tasks allotted, and of any arms, ammunition or other special equipment issued to individual personnel; and

(c) that a proper record of the time of departure on duty of beats and patrol personnel is made in the Station Routine Diary;

(xii) the inspection of police personnel returning to the police station from beats and patrols duties, or other duties, and the ensuring that entries are made in the Station Routine Diary recording the return and the time of return of such personnel from duty; of the return by such personnel of any arms, ammunition or other special equipment; and of other routine matters that require to be made the subject of a permanent record;

(xiii) the ensuring that arrivals in and departures from the police station of per-sons under arrest, together with the name and other particulars of the

prisoners’ escort or escort commander, are duly entered in th e Station Crime and Incidents Diary;

  1. the searching of male prisoners in the presence of the prisoners’ escort or escort commander (if the escort is male), and the obtaining of the signa-ture, as witness to such search, of such escort or escort commander;
  2. the arranging for the searching of female prisoners, and child prisoners (of either sex) by a woman police officer, or other suitable female person, and whenever this is practicable, the arranging for a suitable female p erson to witness each such search;

(xvi) the ensuring that when a newly apprehended person is brought to the po-lice station that-

    1. a report of arrest is made by the officer making the arrest, and that such report is made at the time of the arrival of such police officer at the police station;
  1. particulars of the arrests are entered in the Police Station Register of Arrests;

(c) the report of arrest is forwarded immediately it is completed to the officer in charge of the Station Crime Duties ; and

        1. in cases where the offence in respect of which the arrest was made is registered in the Station Charge Register, the Charge Register serial number is cross-referenced to the relevant Register of Arrests serial number;
    1. the maintenance of the Police Station Register of Arrests;
      1. in the absence of the Station Officer or the Station Officer 2 i/c the grant-ing of police bail to persons arrested without warrant, and who are charged with minor offences.
  1. Charge Room Officer not to leave Charge Room

The Charge Room Officer shall not leave the police station precincts during his period of duty, and shall not leave the Charge Room except where his duties as Charge Room Officer require that he absents himself from the Charge Room for short periods, or where he is properly relieved of his duties as Charge Room Officer.

335. Station Writer to be seated at Charge Desk

The Station Writer shall be seated at the Charge Desk in the Charge Room, in a posi-tion immediately opposite to the Police Station main entrance.

336. Duties of S tation Writer

The primary duties of the Station Writer are to maintain the following Police Station Registers of Record-

  1. The Duty Roster;
  2. The Crime and Incidents Diary; and

(c) The Routine Diary.

337. Duties generall y

Police officers shall perform such duties as may be assigned to them by the Inspector-General, or by an officer authorised by the Inspector-General in that behalf.

338. Furtherance of the g ood name of the Force

Every police officer is required to use his best endeavours to uphold the good name of the Force, and to further good relations with the public.

339. Standards of conduct of police officers

The standards of conduct required of a police officer are that he shall-

  1. offer prompt obedience to lawful orders;
  2. be determined and incorruptible in the exercise of his police duties;
  3. have a strict regard to the correctness of his general behaviour;
  4. take a proper pride in his appearance both in uniform and out of uniform.

340. The attributes of a police officer

  1. police officer is required to have a thorough understanding and knowledge of the laws, and of police orders and instructions, and to develop the attributes of–
  2. efficiency and thoroughness through meticulous attention to details in the per-formance of his duties;

(b) courtesy, forbearance and helpfulness in his dealings with members of the public;

  1. tact, patience and tolerance, and the control of his temper in trying situations;

(d) integrity, in refusing to allow religious, racial, political, or personal feelings, or other considerations, to influence him in the execution of his duties;

    1. impartiality, in the avoidance of feelings of vindictiveness, or the showing of vindictiveness towards offenders;
  1. strict truthfulness in his handling of investigations, and in the giving of evi-dence.

341. Liability for misuse of po wers

In the individual exercise of his powers as a police officer, every police officer shall be personally liable for any misuse of his powers, or for any act done in excess of his authority.

342. P olice officers to study first-aid

Every police officer shall acquire a sound working knowledge of first-aid, and shall be required to obtain a pass in one of the recognised examinations in that subject.

sociating with them in off-duty hours, or allowing them undue familiarity.

346. Duties of constables

(1) A constable shall be responsible for the proper discharge of the duties that are as-signed to him.

(2) A constable shall report promptly to his superiors-

(a)

any circumstances that appear to affect the public peace or safety; and

(c)

and

to maintain a proper relationship with their subordinates by not habitually as-

under their command, and to instruct and guide them where necessary;

(b)

to take such immediate action as is required in cases of offences against disci-pline, and to report the details of such cases promptly to a superior authority,

to exercise effective supervision over the duties performed by the personnel

(a)

ing in police duties of the personnel under their command;

(e)

to give meticulous attention to the carrying out of their duties of inspection;

(f)

to maintain the closest possible contact with the members of the Force under their immediate command, and, as far as possible to make themselves fully ac-quainted with the character and ability, and the personal problems, if any, of each individual, and to encourage in each individual, the growth of a proper spirit of discipline, and of loyalty and service to the Force.

344. Superior police officer to report if incapacitated for duty

Whenever a superior police officer is unable to perform his duties through illness or any other cause for a period in excess of 24 hours, a report on the nature of such officer’s incapacity together with the estimated duration, shall be submitted, in the case of a com-missioner to the Inspector-General, and in the case of other superior police officers, to the Commissioner of Police in charge of the State command.

345. Duties of inspectors and non-commissioned officers generally

Inspectors and non-commissioned officers are responsible for the good order and dis-cipline of the personnel under their command, and are required-

by the institution of systematic courses of lectures, to secure the further train-

(d)

to maintain the closest supervision of the manner in which the personnel under their command exercise their powers and discharge their duties;

(c)

by continued application, to perfect themselves in every aspect of their execu-tive and administrative duties;

(b)

343. Duties of superior police officers generally Superior police officers are required-

(a)

by systematic study, to acquire a thorough knowledge of the laws of the Fed-eration, and of the regulations, orders, and instructions governing the Force, and of General Orders , Financial Instructions, and Government circulars;

(b) anything that is likely to produce danger or public inconvenience, or that may

concern the Force.

      1. When on duty, a constable shall not, except in the course of his duty, enter into conversation with any person.
  1. A Constable shall, when asked any information as to his name, number, or station by a person on a reasonable occasion, forthwith give that information and in so doing shall be deemed to be acting in the course of his duty for the purposes of paragraph (3) of this regulation.
    1. The provisions of regulation 345, with the necessary adaptations and modifica-tions, shall apply to a constable who has the control or supervision of any police officers.

347. Obe die nce to orders

Every police officer shall carry out all lawful orders and shall at all times punctually and promptly perform all appointed duties and attend to all matters within the scope of his office.

348. Duties gene r ally

Notwithstanding the provis ions of the Foregoing regulations of this Part of these

Regulations, a police officer shall perform such duties as may be assigned to him by his superiors in police rank, subject to the directions of the Inspector-General.

349. Duty pos tings

A police officer shall be liable to be posted for duty anywhere in Nigeria.

350. Hours of duty

  1. police officer shall ordinarily be required to perform eight hours’ duty in every pe-riod of 24 hours save that if the exigencies of the service permit, one 24 hour period in everyone week shall be set aside as a rest period.

351. Police officer’s res ponsibility when off duty

Whether a police officer is nominally on or off duty, his responsibility is the same and he is bound to prevent and defect crime and maintain peace and good order at all times and by all legal means.

PART XV

Code of conduct

352. Compl aint of grievances and wr ongs

      1. Any police officer who-
  1. thinks himself wronged by any other police officer, or
    1. thinks that he has just cause to complain of any matter, may make a complaint in writing to his immediate superior police officer.
  2. Any police officer on being asked by a superior police officer if he has any com-plaint to make, may make a complaint orally to the superior police officer.

(3) A superior police officer to whom an oral or written complaint is made shall

cause such complaint to be inquired into and may, if on inquiry he is satisfied of the jus-

tice of the complaint so made, take such steps as may be within the scope of his authority

to remedy the matter complained of. In any other case he shall forward the complaint and

his report thereon to the Inspector-General who may give such directions as he deems fit.

(4) Where a superior pol ice officer is of the opinion that the subject -matter of an oral complaint falls outside his scope of authority he shall direct the police officer making the complaint to reduce his complaint into writing and on the receipt of the written complaint the superior police officer shall forward the complaint together with his report thereon to the Inspector-General who may give such directions as he deems fit.

  1. Any police officer who feels himself wronged by his superior police officer ei-

ther-

  1. in respect of the matter of a complaint not being redressed; or
  2. in respect of any other matter,

may complain to the Inspector-General.

(6) Every such complaint shall be in writing and shall be forwarded by the police of-ficer complaining through his superior police officer, except where the superior police officer through whom the complaint should be sent refuses or unjustifiably delays to for-ward it.

(7) Any police officer who in making a complaint of any alleged wrong or grievance knowingly makes any false statement affecting the character of any other police officer, or knowingly suppresses any material facts, shall be deemed guilty of an offence against discipline.

  1. Conduct of police officers generally
  2. police officer shall not conduct himself in such manner as to bring his private inter-ests into conflict with his public duties or in such manner as is likely to cause a suspicion in the mind of any reasonable person that he has-
    1. allowed his private interests to come into conflict with his public duties; or
    2. used his public position for his private advantage.
  3. Receiv ing or g iv ing o f presents p roh ib ited

( 1) A police officer may not recei ve presents (other than gi fts from close personal friends or relatives) whether in the shape of money, goods, free passages or other per-sonal benefits, and may not give such presents.

  1. For the purposes of these Regulations, a present received by any member of the immediate family of a police officer shall be deemed to be a present received by the po-lice officer.

355. Gifts from s ubordinates

  1. Save as provided in paragraph (2) of this regulation, a police officer shall not re-ceive any token from a subordinate in rank, or from any association or group of police officers junior to himself in rank, but he may accept an address from such an association

or group on the occasion of his retirement if the address is not enclosed in a receptable of value.

    1. The Inspector-General may grant permission for subscriptions by police officers for the purpose of making a presentation to a brother police officer on the occasion of his retirement and the retiring police officer may accept any gift bought with the proceeds of the subscription.
  1. Gifts to be surrendered to Accountant -General in certain cases

(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of regulations 354 and 355, if the circumstances

are such that it would be discourteous or embarrassing to the donor to refuse a present the

receipt of which is prohibited by these Regulations, the present may be formally ac-

cepted, but shall be surrendered forthwith to the Accountant-General together with a re-

port of the circumstances of the presentation.

(2) In the event of the present being given by or on behalf of a foreign government, the Accountant-General may arrange for a return present to be given at government ex-pense.

    1. The disposal of any present surrendered in accordance with paragraph (1) of this regulation shall be at the discretion of the Accountant-General.
  1. Memorial funds
    1. police officer may not promote or encourage the raising of funds to mark public approbation of a police officer’s conduct, but where such funds are spontaneously raised by persons outside the Force, they may be dedicated to public purposes and connected with the name of the police officer whose conduct has merited such proof of public es-teem.
  2. Acceptance of entertainment
      1. A police officer may not, except with the prior permission of the Inspector-

General, accept entertainment of any kind from any association with which he is in con-tact by reason of his official duties.

(2) Save as provided in paragraphs (3) and (4) of this regulation, a police officer shall not accept entertainment of any description offered in his honour by a police officer sub-ordinate to himself in rank, or by the members of any club, institute or association, where membership is to any considerable extent composed of police officers subordinate to himself in rank.

  1. A police officer proceeding on leave prior to retirement may, with the prior ap-proval of the Inspector-General, be permitted to attend a function given in his honour.
    1. A police officer may be given permission by a commissioner of police to accept inexpensi ve entertainment from brother police officers on his departure from his duty station on transfer or on vacation leave.

359. Lending money at interest prohibited

(1) A police officer may not lend money at interest, whether on mortgage or other-wise, nor guarantee nor stand surety for money lent at interest.

(2) Nothing in this regulation shall be deemed to prevent members of registered co-operative societies or approved benefit societies from standing as sureties for loans made by the societies, nor shall be deemed to prevent any officer from placing money in a de-posit account in any bank or in the Post Office Savings Bank.

360. Borro wing , etc ., prohibited

No police officer may borrow money from, or in any other way place himself under a pecuniary obligation-

  1. to any person, who is in any way subject to his official authority, or who re-sides or possesses land or carries on business within the local limits of such authority; or

(b) to any person with whom he has official dealings:

Provided that the provisions of this regulation shall not apply to borrowing from banks, insurance companies, co-operative societies, building societies, or to the making of a hire-purchase agreement.

361. Serious financial embarrassment

(1) The serious financial embarrassment of a police officer from whatever cause shall be regarded as necessarily impairing the efficiency of the police officer and may render him liable to disciplinary action.

  1. For the purposes of these Regulations-
  2. a member shall be deemed to be seriously financially embarrassed-
(i) if at any given time the total of his unsecured debts and liabilities ex-
ceed the sum of three times his monthly emoluments; or
(ii) if as a judgment debtor he fails to settle the debt within fourteen days
of the date of the judgment;

(b) the following individual forms of debt shall not be considered as amounting to serious financial embarrassment, that is to say-

(i) sums borrowed on the security of land charged or mortgaged where the holding of the land had been duly reported and the total amount owing does not exceed the value of the land;

(ii) bank overdrafts;

(iii) sums borrowed from insurance companies on the security of policies;

(iv) sums borrowed from the Government or from co-operative societies, if repayments are not overdue;

(v) sums outstanding on goods subject to hire-purchase agreements;

(vi) bills for ordinary household expenditure if not more than one month old.

  1. Serious financial embarrassment to be reported to the Ins pector-General
    1. A police officer, on finding that the sum total of his debts amounts to serious fi-nancial embarrassment as defined by regulation 361, shall forthwith report the Full details of his financial embarrassment to the Inspector-General.

(2) Any police officer who fails to disclose that he is seriously financially embar-rassed as required by paragraph (1) of this regulation shall be deemed to have committed an offence against discipline.

363. Seri ous financial embarr assment to be a dis qualification for promotion

  1. police officer who is seriously financially embarrassed shall be disquali fied for promotion during the period he is so embarrassed.

364. Outside e mployment, etc .

(1) Except where he is expressly authorised in writing by the Government to do so, no police officer shall-

(a) take part directly or indirectly in the management or the proceedings of any commercial, agricultural, public utility or industrial undertaking;

(b) function as an executor, administrator or receiver;

(c) as an expert, furnish for any person or agency any report;

  1. undertake for reward any work for any private individual, firm or company.
  2. Except insofar as may otherwise be prescribed, any sum received by any police otficer by way of remuneration for rendering any of the services mentioned in para-graph (1) of this regulation shall be paid into the Revenue on deposit, pending the deci-sion of the Government as to the proportion, if any, which may be received by the police officer personally.

365. Petition writing

No police officer shall receive any payment for the writing of any petition.

366. Investments owned by police offic ers

  1. A police officer shall, on his first appointment, disclose to the Inspector-General the particulars of any investments owned by him whether held in his own name or in the name of other persons or otherwise held.
  2. A police officer shall on making any new investment disclose the fact to the In-spector-General.
    1. The Inspector-General may require any police officer at any time to submit full information of any investments held by him or by any member of his immediate family.
  3. The Nigeria Police Council may call upon any police officer to divest himself of anyone or all of his investments.

367. Institution of leg al procee dings

  1. Except with the prior approval of the Government, no police officer shall institute any legal proceedings in his own personal interest in connection with matters arising out of his public duties.
  2. A police officer who receives notice of the intended institution of legal proceed-ings against him in a matter arising out of his public duties shall immediately report the matter to the Inspector-General for instructions.

368. Conductonleave

  1. police officer on vacation leave or on leave prior to retirement shall continue to be bound by these Regulations and by orders applicable to his appointment, and in particular shall not accept any private employment for reward without previously obtaining the sanction of the Government.

PA RT XVI

Discipline

A.-Superior police officers

  1. Disciplinary proceedings against superior police officers
    1. Superior police officers, in addition to the code of conduct set out in Part XV of these Regulations shall, where applicable, be subject to the discipline prescribed by chapter 4 of General Orders for officers holding offices in the Civil Service of the Fed-eration save that where provisions are made in respect of the same matter by both the said chapter 4 of General Orders and Part XV of these Regulations the provisions of Part XV of these Regulations shall apply.
    2. Where a superior police officer is charged with any misconduct contrary to the

provisions of Part XV of these Regulations or of chapter 4 of General Orders, the conduct of any disciplinary proceedings shall be in accordance with the rules specified in chap-ter 4 of the General Orders and the competent authority shall be the Nigeria Police Coun-cil of the Federation.

Part B.-Officers other than superior police officers 370. Offences against discipline

Any inspector, non-commissioned officer or constable (hereinafter in this part called a junior officer) who, by reason of any act or omission-

  1. is guilty of any of the offences set out in the First Schedule; or

(b) is guilty of any violation of the provisions of the code of conduct, shall be deemed to be guilty of an offence against discipline.

371. Punishments that may be imposed

  1. junior officer who is guilty of an offence against discipline shall be liable to any of the following punishments, that is to say-
    1. dismissal;
    2. reduction in rank;
    3. withholding or deferment of increment;
      1. reprimand;
    4. fine not exceeding NlO;
  2. confinement to barracks for any number of days not exceeding fourteen days;
    1. fatigues or other duties or punishment drill not exceeding a total of ten separate hours.
  1. Compete nt authority

The competent authority for the exercise of disciplinary control shall be the Nigeria Police Council.

  1. Powers of deleg ated officers

(1) Subject to any delegation of powers by the competent authority, the powers of superior police officers and inspectors to exercise powers of disciplinary control in cases of offences against discipline shall be in accordance with the Second Schedule.

(2) A superior police officer or inspector to whom powers to exercise disciplinary

control have been delegated shall, in any case of an offence against discipline in which he

is required to adjudicate, be termed the delegated officer.

  1. Liability of officers to prosec uti on undiminishe d

Nothing in these Regulations shall affect or diminish the liability of any member of the Force-

(a) to prosecution before a court of summary jurisdiction for any offence against the Police Act; or

(b) to prosecution before any court of justice for any crime.

Reporting of offences

  1. Reporting of offences
    1. It is the duty of every superior police officer, inspector and non-commissioned of-ficer to report promptly (unless he is satisfied that it has already been reported by some other member of the Force) every case which comes to his knowledge of any offence

against discipline by any police officer under his direction and superintendence.

(2) It is the duty of every police officer to report promptly (unless he is satisfied that it has already been reported by some other police officer) every case which has come to his knowledge of any act of misconduct or of any offence against discipline by any police officer, no matter his rank.

  1. If any report made in pursuance of the foregoing provisions of this regulation ap-pears to have been made from malice or ill-will and without good and sufficient reasons or grounds, the police officer making such report shall be deemed to be guilty of an of-fence against discipline.

376. Officers to who m reports are to be ma de

(1) A police officer reporting an alleged offence shall do so in writing to the officer in charge of the formation in which he is serving or, if the conduct of that officer is the subject of the report, to a superior police officer senior in rank to the officer whose con-duct is the subject of the report.

(2) A report in respect of an offence against discipline by a junior officer shall be

transmitted to the officer in charge of the police district or police division in which the offence is alleged to have been committed.

(3) Where a report is made in the first instance by a police officer junior in rank to an officer in charge of a police station, the officer in charge of the police station shall for-ward the report together with a memorandum containing such observations (if any) as he may think relevant to the case to the officer in charge of the police district or police divi-sion, as the case may be.

(4) On the receipt of the report referred to in the foregoing provisions of this regula-

tion the officer in charge of the police division or police district may make such prelimi-nary inquiries and require such further information concerning the subject matter of the report as he may deem fit.

(5) If the officer in charge of the police district or police division requires from the

alleged offender any report or explanation concerning the offence alleged to have been

committed by him, such report or explanation as the alleged offender may make shall not, if a formal charge of the alleged offence is afterwards made against him, be received or referred to in evidence during a summary investigation of the charge unless the alleged offender himself desires it or refers to the contents of it, in which case the whole of the report or explanation may be received in evidence:

Provided that if the officer in charge of the police division or district, when asking

for the report of explanation, expressly states that the alleged offender is not bound to make a report or explanation and that if he does so any statement he may make may be used as evidence, then any report or explanation he may make may be received in evi-dence on the summary investigation of the formal charge.

377. Result of preliminary inquiries and action taken to be endorsed on repo rt

If after preliminary investigations made in pursuance of regulation 376, the officer in charge of the police district or division is-

(a) of the opinion that there is not sufficient ground to make a formal charge of an offence he shall make a minute to that effect on the papers on which the of-

fence was first reported and shall take no further action; or

(b) in doubt whether or not a formal charge should be made he shall send the pa-pers with his comments thereon to his immediate superior.

  1. Ins pector -General may direct any superior police officer or ins pector t o c on-duct preliminary inquiries

Notwithstanding the provisions of regulations 376 and 377, the Inspector-General

may direct any superior police officer or inspector to make preliminary inquiries into any offence against discipline.

Making of charges

379. Offences ag ainst discipline

  1. When a competent delegated officer is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that an offence against discipline has been committed by a junior officer-
  1. he may report the matter through the proper channels to the Inspector-General, with a recommendation that the proceedings in respect of the alleged offence be instituted before a magistrate; or

(b) he may make at once, or direct some other members under his command to

make, a formal charge of the alleged offence against the alleged offender, with

a view to its summary investigation under these Regulations; or

(c) if he is of the opinion that the matter is of a nature which might be adequately dealt with by an admonishment, and the alleged offender admits the facts, he may admonish the offender without further action.

(2) The Inspector-General, on receipt of a recommendation framed in accordance with paragraph (1) (a) of this regulation, may-

(a) recommend to the competent authority that the proceedings in respect of the
alleged offence be instituted before a magistrate; or
(b) require the delegated officer making the recommendation to conduct the pre-
scribed summary investigation into the offence; or
(c) appoint another competent delegated officer to conduct the prescribed sum-
mary investigation into the offence.
  1. Powers of competent authority

Whenever it comes to the knowledge of the competent authority from any source

whatever that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that any junior officer has commit-ted any offence against discipline, the competent authority may do one or more of the following, that is to say-

  1. suspend the alleged offender from duty pending determination of the matter;
  2. authorise or direct a charge to be made under thes e Regulations against the alleged offender; and

(c) if the offender has admitted any offence against discipline reported, punish the offender with any of the punishments set out in regulation without making any formal charge against him.

Summary investigations

381. Summary investigation

    1. summary investigation of any offence against discipline committed by a junior of-ficer shall be conducted by a delegated officer in one of the ways set forth in the follow-ing regulations.
  1. Conduct of summary investigations in certain cases

(1) When any junior officer-

  1. has been convicted of any offence before any court; or
  2. has had an order made against him by any court of justice for the payment of money or for doing or refraining from doing any act; or

(c) has had judgment given against him in any action in any court of civil juris-diction,

the delegated officer may procure from the appropriate court a certificate of any such conviction, order or judgment or a duly certified copy of such conviction, order or judg-

ment.

  1. Upon it appearing to the delegated officer from the matter set forth in any such certificate or certified copy thereof that a junior officer has been guilty of misconduct or is unfit to continue as a member of the Force, the delegated officer may call upon the junior officer to show cause why he should not suffer one or more of the punishments set out in regulation 371 and, in the event of the junior officer being unable to show cause why he should not be punished, the delegated officer may order that he suffer one or more of the punishments set out in the said regulation 371.

(3) When any offence against discipline is to be summarily investigated, the sum-mary investigation in cases not coming within the provision of paragraph (1) of this regulation shall be conducted in the manner prescribed in regulation 383 or as near thereto as circumstances permit.

383. Form of memorandu m

(1) A police officer authorised or directed to make a charge in respect of an offence against discipline may make it in writing by memorandum in the following form, or to take like effect-

Memorandum to (here state number rank and name)

Take notice that you are charged under (here

insert the appropriate provision of these Regulations under which the junior officer is

chargedi, in that on or about the day of 20 .

you, being a member of the Nigeria Police Force .

(here insert a description of the act or omission constituting the offence).

Do you admit or deny the truth of the above charge (or charges)?

You are not bound to make any admission, but if you admit the charge (or charges, or any of them), the competent delegated officer may without further investigation deal with you under the provisions of Police Regulations 371, after taking into consideration any extenuating circumstances you may offer.

If you do not admit the truth of the charge (or cha rges) a summary inves tigation will be conducted. Your reply to this charge (or charges) is required to be made within three days of receipt of this memorandum.

Dated this day of 20 .

Signature .

Rank .

(2) In case of a charge of unfitness , the words setting out the date as of an offence

should be omitted, and the charge may read “the you are unfit to continue to be a member

of the Police Force in that (here set out the facts)”.

  1. Two or more charges may be made in the same memorandum if joined by the words “and further”.
  2. On such a charge being received by the junior officer so charged he shall within three days make and send through his immediate superior officer a reply which may be in the following form, or to like effect-

“In reply to your memorandum dated the …………. day of ……………………. 20 ………. Reference

No …………………………………………………………….., charging me with the offence (or offences) of

(or with unfitness to continue in the Police Force) I have to state that I admit (or deny, as the case may be) the truth of the charge (or charges) therein contained.

Signature …………………………………………………………………………………………….. .

No …………………………………….Rank ……………………………………………….. .

(5) If the reply is a denial, nothing more need be written by the member but if it is an admission, he may add on a separate sheet anything he may have to say in explanation or extenuation.

(6) If the reply is an admission, the delegated officer may, without further action,

award one or more of the punishments prescribed by regulation 371 in respect of the of-

fence admitted.

(7) When a junior officer denies the commission of any offence charged against him in his reply to a memorandum charging him with an offence against discipline the dele-gated officer shall, without undue delay, appoint a time and place for the investigation, and direct the member charged to attend for the purposes of the investigation; such time and place as will, in the opinion of the delegated officer, give the member charged every reasonable opportunity to collect and produce evidence.

    1. When a memorandum preferring a charge or charges has been served on a police officer, the summary investigation shall be completed within three months from the date of the service of the memorandum, or from the date of the ending of any period of post-ponement or adjournment granted at the request of the junior officer charged.
    2. Any summary investigation not completed within the period prescribed by para-graph (8) above shall be void and the police officer charged shall be deemed to be ac-quitted of the charge or charges made.
  1. Conduct of summary investigation

The summary investigation into an offence against discipline shall be conducted in accordance with the following-

(1) The delegated officer shall select the most convenient place for the hearing of the charge but generally the place selected shall be in the police district or division in which the police officer charged is serving.

  1. The room or place in which the proceedings are conducted shall be termed the Orderly Room and the proceedings shall be termed Orderly Room proceedings.
  1. During the course of Orderly Room proceedings the term “defaulter” shall be ap-plied to the junior officer charged.

(4) An Orderly Room shall in no case be deemed to be a court of law and during Or-derly Room proceedings the defaulter shall be subject to the same authority and the same discipline as any other junior officer.

  1. Except where the appropriate authority directs to the contrary, a person not con-nected with the proceedings shall not be admitted into the Orderly Room unless the dele-gated officer is satisfied that there is good and sufficient reason to admit such person.
  2. In any Orderly Room proceedings the defaulter shall be entitled to make his own defence but shall not be entitled to be represented by any person whatsoever.

(7) The delegated officer may, if he considers it necessary in the interest of justice, give advice to the defaulter on any matter concerning procedure.

  1. The delegated officer may require any police officer to attend Orderly Room pro-ceedings for the purpose of being examined as a witness and it shall be the duty of the police officer so required to attend.
  2. The delegated officer may request any person to attend the proceedings and give evidence or to produce any document likely to prove material to the investigation.

(10) The defaulter may apply to the delegated officer to arrange for the attendance at the proceedings of any person and if the delegated officer is satisfied that the person is like ly to give material evidence on behal f of the defaulter, the delegated officer shall make such arrangements as may be within his power for the attendance of the desired witness.

  1. A charge against one or more defaulters may be investigated during the same Orderly Room proceedings either together or separately.

(12) If a defaulter, having had due and reasonable notice of the time and place ap-pointed for the investigation, does not appear, the delegated officer may, after consider-ing any ascertainable circumstance of the absence proceed with the investigation or ad-journ it to some future date.

(13) If the defaulter is present, the delegated officer shall state the substance of the charge to him and shall ask him if he admits the truth of the charge.

(14) If the defaulter admits the truth of the charge, it shall not be necessary to take evidence in support of the charge, and the delegated officer shall record a finding of guilty in respect of the charge admitted.

(15) If the defaulter does not admit the truth of the charge or he refuses to answer to the charge or if he refuses to admit or deny the truth of the charge, the delegated officer shall proceed to hear the evidence in support of the charge and the evidence of the de-faulter and his witnesses, if any.

(16) If any objection is taken for any alleged defect therein either in substance or in form or if objection is taken for variance between the charge and the evidence adduced at the hearing the delegated officer shall make such order for the amendment of the charge as appears to him to be desirable in the interest of justice:

Provided that if any variance appears to the delegated officer to be such that the de-faulter has been thereby deceived or misled, he may, and at the request of the defaulter, shall adjourn the proceedings to some future date.

(17) The delegated officer at any time during the proceedings for sufficient reason may either at the request of the defaulter or of his own motion adjourn the proceedings from time to time.

(18) If the nature of the charge is such that in the event of a finding of guilty the

punishment awarded may amount to a reprimand or a fine of more than N4 or a more

severe punishment, the delegated officer shall take notes in writing of the oral evidence

or so much thereof as he considers material; in other cases the delegated officer shall rec-

ord a short precis of the evidence only:

Provided that the delegated officer may either at his own discretion or at the re-quest of the defaulter record the evidence of the defaulter or of any particular witness in full. Such evidence shall then be signed by the defaulter or the witness, as the case may be, and countersigned by the delegated officer.

(19) The delegated officer shall himself conduct the examination of the witness in support of the charge, and of the defaulter and his witness.

(20) The delegated officer may recall any witness at any time during the proceedings.

(21) The rules as to admissibility of evidence shall as far as possible be those fol-lowed by civil courts in the Lagos State.

(22) The defaulter may cross-examine any witness giving evidence in support of the charge and may address any question to a witness for his defence:

Provided that if the defaulter addresses any irrelevant, impertinent or intemperate questions to a witness the delegated officer may disallow such questions and may direct that any further cross-examination of or any questions to the witness shall be directed through him and such direction shall be recorded by the delegated officer.

  1. Any evidence given in any language not understood by the defaulter shall be in-terpreted to him.

(24) If after hearing the evidence in support of the charge the delegated officer is of the opinion that there is insufficient evidence to support the charge, he shall dismiss the charge; otherwise he shall call on the defaulter for his defence.

(25) If called upon for his defence, the defaulter may give evidence and may call any witness to give evidence on his behalf.

(26) In the event of the defaulter declining to give evidence on his behalf, or remain-ing silent, the delegated officer shall record a finding of guilty.

(27) After the taking of the evidence is concluded the delegated officer shall, if he considers the charge on the evidence adduced to be not proven, record a finding of not guilty and shall dismiss the charge; if he considers the charge proven he shall record a finding of guilty.

(28) After recording a finding of guilty, the delegated officer shall invite the defaulter to tender any statement he may wish in extenuation of the offence, and any statement so tendered shall be recorded in writing-

  1. if the evidence in defence to the charge is recorded in writing; or

(b) if the defaulter has admitted the truth of the charge and the punishment that may be awarded is a reprimand or a fine of N4 or a more severe punishment.

  1. After considering the statement, if any, made by the defaulter in extenuation of the offence, the delegated officer shall, subject to the provisions of sub-paragraph (30), award one or more of the punishments he is empowered to award.

(30) If the delegated officer is of the opinion that the facts disclosed in support of the

charge or charges merit a more severe punishment than he is empowered to award, he

shall forward the investigation papers together with his findings and comments to a dele-

gated officer, his superior in rank, for adjudication.

(31) Where a delegated officer receives for adjudication from a delegated officer his subordinate in rank, the papers of an investigation into an offence against discipline, he may-

(a) if in his opinion he is not empowered to award the punishment merited by the offence or offences proved, refer the investigation papers for adjudication to a delegated officer his senior rank; or

(b) call upon the delegated officer who conducted the investigation to state his

reasons for recording a finding of guilty against the defaulter charged, and if

after considering the reasons stated he is not satisfied as to the legality or the

correctness of the finding, he may-

(i) alter or reverse the finding;

(ii) refer the case back to the delegated officer for further evidence to be taken; or

(iii) instruct a competent delegated officer, his subordinate in rank (other than the subordinate officer who conducted the investigation) to con-duct a new investigation into the offence or offences charged.

Punishment

  1. Notification of punishment to the defaulter

When a delegated officer makes any award of any punishment to a defaulter he shall at the time of the award serve a written notice of such award on the defaulter in the fol-lowing form, or like effect-

Take notice that you have been found guilty of the following offence (or offences)

against discipline ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. .

(here state the offence or offences)

The punishment(s) awarded you in respect of the offence (or offences) is ………………………. .

……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

(here state the punishment or punishments)

The effective date of the punishment(s) is the ……… ………………………………………………..day of

……………………………………………………. 20 …………………. .

You are advised that you have the right to appeal against the finding, or against the punishment(s). Any such appeal must be lodged in the prescribed form before me within seven days of the receipt by you of this notice.

Signed ……………………………………………………………..

Delegated Officer ………………………………………….. .

Rank ……………………………………………………………….

Date ………………………………………………………………. .

386. Effective date of punishme nt

  1. Subject to paragraph (2) below, any punishment awarded in respect of any of-fence against discipline shall take effect from the date the punishment is awarded.
  2. Where the punishment awarded to a junior officer in respect of any offence

against discipline is dismissal, the dismissal shall have effect on the date when the award of that punishment is brought to his notice, or (if it is the earlier) the date on which notice of that award is served on him by post at his last known address and is thereafter pre-sumed to have been duly delivered.

387. Records of punis hment to be published in Force Orders

It shall be the responsibility of the delegated officer awarding a punishment in respect of an offence against discipline by a junior officer to ensure that the particulars of the punishment awarded are published in Force Orders:

Provided that the record of any punishment entailing confinement to barracks, fa-tigues, other duties or punishment drill shall not be required to be published in Force Or-ders.

388. Punis hment to be entered in Service Records

The record of any punishment awarded to a junior officer and published in Force Or-ders shall be entered in the junior officer’s Record of Service.

389. Ins pector -General may order removal of punis hment entries from Record of Ser vice

Anyone or more punishment entries in the Record of Service of a junior officer may, by order of the Inspector-General, be expunged in recognition of a subsequent specific act of good service or of bravery.

Appeals against punishment

390. Appellate authorities

The appellate authorities for appeals against the findings and punishment awarded by delegated officers in respect of offences against discipline shall be in accordance with the Second Schedule.

391. Right of appeal

  1. A junior officer found guilty of and awarded any punishment in respect of any of-fence against discipline, shall have the right to appeal against any such finding or pun-ishment to the competent appellate authority.

(2) Any such appeal shall be lodged by the junior officer with the delegated officer who awarded the punishment within seven days of the receipt by the junior officer of notification of the punishment.

(3) The appeal shall be attached to the notification of punishment and shall be in the following form or like effect-

I, ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. .

(here state number, rank and name)

stationed at

(here state formation at which stationed)

having been punished as stated in the attached Notification of Punishment, hereby appeal

against ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

(here state if the appeal is against the finding, or the punishment, or both)

The grounds on which I make my appeal are …………………………………………………………………..

(here state clearly and concisely the grounds of the appeal)

Signed ……………………………………………………………..

Date ……………………………………………………………… .

(4) The delegated officer who awarded the punishment, on receipt of the notice of

appeal, shall forward the appeal together with the investigation papers and his comments

to the competent appellate authority.

392. Power of appellate authority

  1. competent appellate authority shall within the limits of its power have the powers to increase, confirm, reduce or annul any punishment imposed in respect of any offences against discipline, and may-
  2. deal with the appeal with or without hearing the appellant in person;

(b)

refer the papers back to the delegated officer who conducted the investigation for further evidence to be taken;

(c)

order that a new investigation be made by another competent delegated officer.

Review of punishments

393. Review of summary investigation

The Inspector-General, or subject to the control of the Inspector-General, an appellate authority competent to deal with an appeal against the offence or the offence charged, may call for and review any summary investigation into an offence against discipline for the purpose of verifying the correctness, or propriety of any finding or award of punish-ment. On reviewing such summary investigation, the reviewing authority may-

  1. refer the papers back to the delegated officer who conducted the investigation for further evidence to be taken; or
  2. order a new investigation to be made by another competent delegated officer; or
  3. confirm, reduce or annul any punishment imposed.

Supplemental

  1. Interdiction from duty

(1) When it appears likely that a charge in respect of an offence against discipline will, if proved render the junior officer charged liable to the punishment of dismissal or reduction in rank, or when the nature of the charge against the junior officer is such that his continuing to perform duty may be prejudicial to the public interest, or prejudicial to the investigation into the charge, the competent authority shall forthwith order such jun-ior officer to be interdicted from duty.

  1. A junior officer charged with a criminal offence, if not already interdicted from duty in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (1) of this regulation, shall be inter-dicted from duty by the competent authority from that date on which he is sent for trial.

(3) A member interdicted under the provision of paragraphs (1) and (2) of this regu-lation, shall remain interdicted from duty until the charges against him, including any appeal, are finally disposed of.

(4) In the event of the junior officer being acquitted of the charges laid against him, he shall forthwith be released from interdiction.

395. P owers, privileges etc., of junior officer during interdiction

The powers, privileges and immunities vested in a junior officer shall, in the case of an interdicted member, be held in abeyance during the period of his interdiction but he shall continue to be subject to the same authority and discipline as if he had not been in-terdicted.

396. Pay during pe riod of interdiction

(1) A junior officer interdicted from duty shall not be entitled to receive more than half pay in respect of any period during which he is interdicted from duty.

(2) If the proceedings taken against an interdicted junior ofticer-

(a)

do not result in conviction, he shall be entitled to the full amount of the pay which he would have received if he had not been interdicted from duty;

(b)

result in his reduction in rank, he shall receive the full amount of the pay, up to

the date on which his reduction in rank becomes effective, which he would have received if he had not been interdicted or reduced in rank;

  1. result in his dismissal from the Force, he shall not be entitled to any compen-

sation for any deprivation of pay incurred during the period of his interdiction.

397. Absence without leave -pay to be forfeited

No pay shall accrue to any junior officer in respect of any day during which he is ab-sent without leave, or is undergoing any sentence of imprisonment.

(2) For the purposes of these Regulations any period of absence, or imprisonment of not less than six consecutive hours’ duration and not more than 24 hours shall count as one day and if any such period of absence exceeds 24 hours, every period of 24 hours or part thereof making up the total period of absence, shall be reckoned as one day.

  1. Desertion
    1. Any junior officer who is absent without leave for 21 or more consecutive days shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence of desertion and shall be dismissed from the Force as a deserter.

(2) The deserter’s name shall be struck off the Force nominal roll as from the first day of such desertion.

(3) A deserter who returns and applies for reinstatement in the Force may be re-instated if the Inspector-General considers his explanation for his absence satisfactory.

  1. Continual misconduct
    1. When the previous record of a junior officer against whom charges of offences against discipline have been proved indicates continual misconduct and complete unfit-ness for the Police Service, the punishment to be awarded shall be dismissal.

(2) In the case of a member holding a rank above that of constable, when unfitness to hold the rank held is established, but not complete unfitness for the Police service, the punishment to be awarded shall be reduction in rank.

400. Damag e to or loss of equipment

(1) If any junior officer makes away with or is concerned in making away with

(whether by pawning, selling, destruction or otherwise howsoever), loses by neglect, or

wilfully or negligently damages any arms, accoutrements, clothing or other necessaries

issued for the use of the Force, he may, in addition to any other punishment, be ordered to

make good the amount of such loss or damage by surcharge.

(2) The amount of any surcharge imposed in accordance with the provisions of para-graph (1) of this regulation may be recovered by stoppages from the offender’s pay.

  1. If any junior officer wilfully or negligently damages any vehicle, craft or property issued for the use of the Force whether or not committed to his charge, he may be ordered to make good such damage by surcharge.

(4) The amount of any surcharge imposed in accordance with the provisions of para-graph (3) of this regulation may be covered by stoppages from the offender’s pay.

401. Fines and stoppag es

(1) All fines, stoppages for loss of or damage to clothing and equipment and damage to vehicles, craft or property, or pay forfeited, may be deducted at source from the pay of the junior officer who has incurred the liability.

  1. All stoppages for loss of or damage to clothing and equipments, vehicles or craft, or damage to property, or pay forfeited, shall be paid into revenue.

(3) All tines imposed in respect of any offence against discipline shall be paid into the Police Reward Fund.

  1. Delivering up of accoutrements and other property when leaving the Force

Every member of the Force who is dismissed from or ceases to hold or exercise his otfice, shall forthwith deliver up to the superior police officer under whom he is serving, all the clothing, accoutrements and other Government or Force property which may have been supplied to him or entrusted to his care and should he fail to do so, shall be liable, on conviction by a court of summary jurisdiction, to a term of imprisonment not exceed-ing six months.

  1. Grave offences or series of serious offences ag ainst discipline
    1. Subject to the provisions of paragraph (4) of this regulation, where a delegated of-ficer is satisfied that the junior officer charged before him with an offence or offences against discipline cannot, by reason of the gravity of the offence or by reason of a series of previous serious offences against discipline committed by such junior officer, ade-quately be punished by the imposition of any punishment allowed by these Regulations, the delegated officer may, by a written complaint under his hand and on the approval of the Nigeria Police Council, charge the member with the offences committed before a court of summary jurisdiction.
    2. Where the commission of previous offences against discipline constitutes an ag-gravation of the offence charged, the particulars of such previous offences shall be ad-mitted as evidence.

(3) A junior officer charged before the court under the provisions of paragraph (1) of this regulation shall be liable on conviction to a tine of to t 100 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or to both such penalties.

  1. No junior officer shall be charged before a court in respect of any offences

against discipline for which he has already been punished under the provisions of these Regulations or any other law.

PA RT XVII

Miscellaneous provisions

  1. Salaries of general duties police officers

The salaries to be paid to members of the Force other than members of the Technical Branches of the Force shall be in accordance with such salary scales as may from time to time be authorised by the National Council of Ministers and any progression through these salary scales shall be by way of annual increments in accordance with the provi-

sions of General Orders.

405. Salaries of technic al officers

The salaries to be paid to members of the Technical Branches of the Force shall be in

accordance with such salary scales as may from time to time be authorised by the Na-

tional Council of Ministers for members of the technical grades of the Government serv-

ice and progression through these salary scales shall be governed by the rules which gov-

ern the progression through the salary scale of members of the technical grades in Gov-

ernment service generall y.

406. Leave provisions

Members of the Force shall be entitled to sick leave, casual leave, annual leave and leave allowance in accordance with the provisions of General Orders relating to those entitlements:

Provided that-

  1. in the event of a member’s annual leave being curtailed or postponed by reason of the exigencies of the service, he shall not thereby forfeit any leave entitle-ment;
  2. notwithstanding any provisions of General Orders or any other Orders or

Rules, in the event of a member being prevented by reason of the exigencies of the service from taking annual leave in anyone year his leave entitlements

shall be carried forward to the year following; and

  1. should the exigencies of the service require that a postponed or curtailed leave entitlement in respect of annual leave be taken in two leave periods in anyone year, leave travelling allowance shall be paid in respect of the two leave peri-ods but leave travelling allowance shall not be granted more than twice in any two-year period of service.

407. Medical Boar ds

(1) Every member of the Force shall submit himself to be examined by a Government Medical Officer, or by a Government Medical Board, whenever he is required to do so by superior authority.

  1. When a member of the Force has been instructed to submit himself for examina-tion by a Medical Board with a view to his retirement, he shall-
    1. be exempt from further duty pending the decision of the Medical Board; and
    2. if certified by the Medical Board as unfit to perform his duties, be exempt from further duty pending the determination of the matter by the appropriate author-ity.
  2. Master Rec ords of Service

(1) There shall be maintained in the office of the ofInspector-General-

  1. a master Record of Service of each superior police officer and inspector serv-ing in the Force;
  2. a Nominal Roll, in order of Force Numbers, of every non-commissioned offi-cer and constable serving in the Force; and

(c) a record of all past members of the Force.

(2) There shall be maintained in the office of a Commissioner for a police State

command, a master Record of Service of all non-commissioned officers and constables serving in the police area command.

  1. Records of Service –non-commissioned officers and constables
    1. The Records of Service in respect of each non-commissioned officer and con-stable of the Force shall be compiled in the following manner-

(i) surname and Christian names;

(ii) Force Number;

(iii) date of birth;

(iv) place of birth;

(v) date of appointment to different ranks or attainment of different grades;

(vi) special ability or trade before joining Force;

(vii) date of marriage, to whom married;

(viii) names of children;

(ix) appointments held;

  1. salary changes;
  2. leave;

(xii) medical;

(xiii) transfers;

(xiv) disciplinary offences and punishments;

(xv) convictions by any court;

(xvi) awards for bravery;

(xvii) awards and commendations for good service.

    1. The Inspector-General may, in his discretion, make any addition to the records enumerated in paragraph (1) of this regulation.
  1. Re-allocation of Force Numbers

Any Force Number previously allocated to a promoted or discharged member of the Force shall not be re-allocated to any other member until the period of one year has elapsed subsequent to the relinquishment of the number by the previous holder.

  1. CRO Forms

(1) The CRO 21A Forms or CRO 21B Forms, as the case may be, of enlisted mem-bers shall be retained as integral part of such members’ Record of Service.

    1. The CRO Forms of unsuccessful candidates for enlistment and of discharged en-listed members shall be retained by the Inspector-General for record purposes.
  1. Warrant Cards

(1) Every member of the Force shall be issued with a Warrant Card in the prescribed form, appropriate to the appointment held.

    1. Every Warrant Card issued shall be signed for by the recipient in a Register of Warrant Card Issues.
  1. Discharge Certificates

( 1) A non-commissioned officer or constable on his discharge from the Force shall be furnished with a Certificate of Discharge by the Inspector-General, in which shall be set out the particulars of service and the character rating of a discharged member.

  1. The character ratings which may be given in any Certificate of Discharge shall be confined to the following-

(i) exemplary;

(ii) excellent;

(ii very good;

(iv) good;

      1. fair.
    1. No Certificate of Discharge shall be furnished to any person who has been dis-missed from the Force or has resigned or withdrawn from his duties otherwise than as authorised.
    2. The Discharge Certificate shall be in a form to be prescribed by the Inspector-General.
  1. Arms for the Force

Members of the Force shall be issued with such firearms and ammunition, and such other weapons of offence or defence as may be authorised by the President, acting with the advice of the Nigeria Police Council.

  1. Transfer from the General Duties Branch to the Technical Branch
    1. A member of the General Duties Branch who is in possession of the qualifications required for the post of Launch Quartermaster/Launch Engineer or Craftsman or Artisan may be transferred to the Police (Technical) Marine Branch or the Police (Technical)

Workshops Branch as Launch Quartermaster/Launch Engineer or Craftsman or Artisan as the case may be.

      1. The point of entry in the appropriate salary scale of a member transferred in ac-cordance with the provision of paragraph (1) above shall be determined by the Federal Civil Service Commission (Establishment Department).
  1. S ale of uncl ai me d pr operty
    1. Any goods and chattels, the property of a person unknown, which have lawfully come into the possession of any member of the Force and in respect of which no court order under the provisions of the Act has been made and which remain unclaimed for a period of six months , shall be sold by public auction on the direction of a chief superin-tendent of police subject to a notice of such sale having been previously published three times in the Federal Gazette.
    2. In the case of unclaimed saleable goods of a perishable nature, a chief superinten-dent may order that the goods be sold forthwith.

(3) In the case of unclaimed goods or chattels which are of a perishable or of a non-perishable nature, and in which the opinion of a chief superintendent are unsaleable, the chief superintendent in his absolute discretion may order that the goods or chattels be handed over to any person in charge of any charitable institution, or alternatively that they be des troyed.

(4) The proceeds of the sale of any unclaimed property, after deduction of any rea-sonable costs incurred in the sale thereof, shall be disposed of in accordance with the or-der of a court having the necessary jurisdiction.

    1. Subject to any order made by any court under Part VI of the Act, sales of un-claimed property in the possession of the police may be conducted under such conditions and at such places as the chief superintendent ordering the sale shall direct.
  1. Register of unclaimed property

() A Register of Unclaimed Property shall be maintained for each police station in which Register shall be recorded the details of all unclaimed property handed in at the police station, and the particulars of disposal of such property.

    1. The Register shall be maintained in a form to be prescribed by the Inspector-General.
  1. Police Reward Fun d

The Police Reward Fund shall be administered in accordance with the provisions of the Finance (Control and Management) Act.

[Cap. F26.]

419. Appointment of Police Aide-de Camp

  1. Subject to the approval of the President, the Inspector-General may appoint a su-perior police officer to act as Aide-de-Camp to the President.
  2. Subject to the approval of the Governor of a State, the Inspector-General may ap-point a superior police officer to act as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor.

420. Forms

The forms contained in the Third Schedule shall be used in cases to which they are applicable and may be modified as directed by the Inspector-General to meet other cases.

FIRST SCHEDULE

[Regulation 370.]

Offences against discipline

  1. member of the Force who commits any of the following acts or omissions shall be guilty of an offence against discipline-

(a) ABSENCE from duty or being late for duty without leave or reasonable excuse;

  1. BREACH OF CONFIDENCE, that is to say, if he-

(i) divulges any matter which is his duty to keep secret;

(ii) gives notice, directly or indirectly to a person against whom a warrant or

summo ns has bee n or is about to be issued, except in the lawful execution of that warrant or service of that summons;

(iii) without proper authority, communicates to the public press, or to an unau-thorised person, any matter connected with the Force;

(iv) without prope r authority, shows to a perso n o uts ide the Force any book or document the property of the Government or of the Force;

  1. CORRUPT PRACTICE, that is to say, if he-

(i) seeks by influence to obtain promotion or other advantage in the Force; (ii) receives a bribe;

(iii)

fails to account for or to make proper true return of any property received

by him in his official capacity, or fails to account satisfacto rily if called upon by the Inspec tor-General to do so, for any property in his possession or received by him otherwise than in his official capacity;

(iv)

directly or indirectly solicits, accepts o r receives a gratuity, present, reward subscription or testimonial without the approval of the Inspector-General;

(v)

places himself under a pecuniary obligation to a person who is directly or

indirectly interested in any pre mises licensed for the s ale of liqu or, or who holds a licence concerning the granting or renewal of which the police may have to make a report or gi ve evidence;

(vi)

imprope rly uses his character and position as a member of the Force for his private advantage;

(vii)

in his capacity as a member of the Force, signs, writ es or gives without the approval of the Inspector-General, any testimonial of recommendation

with the object of obtaining employment fo r any person or of supporting an application for the grant of a licence of any kind; or

(viii)

without the a pproval of the Inspector-General, supports an application for the grant of a licence of any kind;

(d) DAMAGE TO CLOTHING OR OTHER ARTICLES supplied to him, that is to say, if he-

  1. wilfully or negligently causes any waste, loss or damage in respect of any article of clothing or accoutrement or in respect of any book, document or other property of the Government or of the Force issued to him, used by him or entrusted in his care; or
  2. fails to report any loss or damage to clothing or other articles supplied to him, however caused;
  1. DISCREDITABLE CONDUCT, that is to say if he-

(i) acts in a disorderly manner; or

    1. assaults a member of the Force; or
    2. acts in any manner prejudicial to discipline or unbecoming of a member of the Force;
  1. DISOBEDIENCE TO ORDERS, that is to say if he disobeys or without good and sufficient cause omits or neglects to carry out any lawful order written or otherwise;
  2. DRUNKENNESS, that is to say, if he is unfit for duty through drinking intoxicat-ing liquor;

(h) DRINKING OR SOLICITING DRINK ON DUTY, that is to say if he-

(i) without the consent of his superior officer, drinks, or receives from any

person, any intoxicating liquor while he is on duty or brings liquor into barracks; or

  1. demands or endeavours to persuade any person to give him or to purchase or obtain for him any intoxicating liquor whilst he is on duty ;

(i) ENTERING whilst on duty any premises for the sale of liquor or where liquor is stored and distributed;

(j) KEEPING A HOUSE FOR TH E SALE OF LIQUOR in his own or in any other name or directly or indirectly interested in such house;

  1. FALSEHOOD OR PREVARICATION, that is to say, if he-
      1. knowingly makes or signs a false statement in an official document or book;
    1. wilfully or negligently makes any false, misleading or inaccurate state-ment; or

(iii) without good and sufficient cause, destroys or mutilates an official docu-ment or record or alters or erases any entry therein;

(l) INSUBORDINATE OR OPPRESSIVE CONDUCT, that is to say, if he-

        1. is insubordinate by word or demeanour;
    1. is oppressive or tyrannical in his conduct relating to an inferior in rank;
    2. uses obscene, abusive or insulting language to a member of the Force;
      1. wilfully or negligently makes a false complaint or statement against an inferior in rank;
  1. MALINGERING, that is to say, if he feigns or exaggerates any sickness or injury with a view to evading duty;
  2. NEGLECT OF DUTY, that is to say, ifhe-
    1. neglects, or without good and sufficient cause omits promptly and dili-

gently to attend to or to carry out anything which is his duty as a member of the Force;

  1. withholds a complaint or report against a member of the Force;
  2. idles or gossips while on duty;
    1. fails to work his beat in accordance with orders, or sleeps on beat or other duty, or leaves his beat, point or other place of duty to which he has been ordered without due permission or sufficient cause;

(v) by carelessness or neglect permits a prisoner to escape;

  1. fails, when knowing where an offender is to be found, to report his know-ledge or to make due exertions for making him amenable to justice;

(vii) fails to report any matter which is his duty to report;

  1. fails to report anything that he knows concerning a criminal charge, or fails to disclose any evidence which he or any person within his knowledge, can give for or against a prisoner or defendant to a criminal charge;
    1. o mits to make an entry in an official document or book; or

(x) neglects, or without good and sufficient cause, omits to carry out any in-

structions of a police medical officer, or, while absent from dut y on ac-count of sickness does any act which is calculated to retard his return to duty;

(0) IMPROPER CONDUCT, that is to say if he-

    1. lends money to a superior in rank or borrows money from an inferior in rank;
  1. fails to pay a lawful debt;

(iii) carries on any trade, business or profession or accepts any other paid em-ployment without proper authority; or

  1. without proper authority, possesses a firearm for his own protection or uses a firearm when on duty;
(v) makes an anonymous communication to the Inspector-General or to a su-
perior police officer;
(vi) without proper authority, canvasses the Inspector-General or any superior
police officer or other servant of the Government with regard to any matter
concerning the Force; or
(vii) signs or circulates a petition or statement with regard to any matter con-
cerning the Force except through the proper channel of correspondence to
the Inspector-General;

(p) UNCL EANLINESS, that is to say, if he, while on duty or off duty in uniform in public place, is improperly dressed or is dirty or untidy in his person, clothing or accoutrements;

  1. UNLAWFUL OR UNNECESSARY EXERCISE OF AUTHORITY, that is to say, if he-

(i)

without a good and sufficient cause makes an unlawful or unnecessary arrest;

(ii)

uses any unnecessary violence to any prisoner or other person with whom he may be brought into contact in the execution of his duty; or

(iii) is uncivil to a member of the public.

THIRD SCHEDULE

Forms

Form

1. Register of Arrests (Persons newly apprehended).

  1. Station Crime and Incidents Diary.
  2. Sudden and Unnatural Deaths Register.
  3. Charge Register (Felonies and Misdemeanours).
  4. Court Exhibits Register.
  5. Lost, Stolen and Recovered Property Register.
  6. Warrants of Arrest Register.
  7. Court Processes Register.
  8. Missing Persons Register.

TRAFFIC WARDENS (MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PERSONS) NOTICE

under section 5

[I st April, 1977]

[Commencement.]

  1. Maximum number of traffic wardens

The maximum number of persons to hold appointments as traffic wardens throughout the Federation is hereby fixed at 2,800.

  1. Short title

This Notice may be cited as the Traffic Wardens (Maximum Number of Persons)

Notice.

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