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Nigeria Prison Service Ranks According to Hierarchy | Latest Update

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Nigeria Prison Service Ranks: Hierarchy is found in every part of our everyday activities, thus man can never do without a hierarchical mentality. This is actually the reason we have a classed society, everyone belongs to a particular class. Do you know that the Nigerian Prison Service has its own Rank based on hierarchy?

This article will give you the latest updates as regards the Nigerian Prison Service Ranks. Read through carefully.

Nigeria Prison Service Ranks According to Hierarchy | Latest Update

In order for us to understand better the Nigerian Prison Service rank structure according to hierarchy, it is pertinent for us to briefly know what the Nigerian Prison Service is all about.

Most countrymen know that Nigeria Prison Service is shortly called NPS. This organization has governmental roots, and it administers all the prisons in our country. In this article, you will be made to know the following:

What is Nigerian Prison Service?

Before going into details about Nigeria Prison Service Ranks, lets checkout what the Nigerian prison service is;

The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) is a government agency of Nigeria, which operates prisons. The headquarters is located in Abuja, and it is under the supervision of the Ministry of Interior.

As of 2014, it had 240 prisons. While 155 are prisons for convicts, the remaining 83 are satellite facilities. The prisons include the following:

  • Adamawa State: Yola Prison
  • Ebonyi State: Abakiliki Prison
  • Federal Capital Territory: Kuje Medium Prison
  • Lagos State: Ikoyi Prison; Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison; Kirikiri Medium Security Prison and the Kirikiri Women’s Prison – it is the only women’s prison in Nigeria
  • Yobe State: Gashua Maximum Prison

How is the Nigeria Prison Service Structured? 

Generally, the structure of the Nigerian Prisons Service is divided into two: the administrative structure and the command structure.

Starting with the administrative structure, at the top of the Prison Service sits the Controller-General of the Nigerian Prisons Service. He is the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for the formulations and implementation of prison policies in Nigeria.

He reports to the President through the Minister of Interior and the Civil Defence, Fire, Immigration and Prisons Services Board which the Minister heads. But in matters of prison policy, he takes direct responsibility for policy implementation.

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He has six (6) Deputy Controllers-General (DCGs), who head the six broad administrative divisions called Directorates into which the Service is broken for effective management.

The Deputy Controllers-General heads the Directorates report to the Controller-General. The Directorates are specialized divisions, charged with the responsibility of coordinating specific areas of the prison administration.

Next is the command structure: The Nigerian Prisons Service operates a four-level Command. The top structure, which is the National Headquarters in Abuja, is divided into eight (8) zones with each zone having State Commands under it.

The Zones are headed by Assistant Controller-Generals of Prisons while the State Commands are headed by Controllers of Prisons. The prison is the last unit of the structure.

Ranks of Nigerian Prisons Services

Here is a list of all current Nigeria Prison Service Ranks in the system. The ranks are listed from the highest to the lowest.

1. The Controller-General of Prisons

Discussing the Nigeria Prison Service rank structure, we should start with the head of this government agency. This rank used to be called the Director of Prisons until 1992 and was renamed into the Controller-General of Prisons since then.

This is the highest rank a worker can grow to, and by the way, right now NPS is headed by Ja’Afaru Ahmed. Each Controller-General of Prisons serves as the Chief Executive Officer.

The rank’s main task is to make sure all the penal policies are currently formulated and correctly implemented into life in our country.

2. The Deputy Controller-General

This is the second-highest rank of the Nigerian Prisons Service. Shortly this position is called DCG, and there are currently 6 people who serve as DCG in the organization.

Each one is leading one of the six administrative divisions of the Nigerian Prisons Service. This rank is responsible for the administration of prisons, their supplies, budget, logistics, various operations, etc.

3. The Assistant Controller-General of Prisons

The next in Nigerian Prison Service rank structure comes the Assistant Controller-General of Prisons. They are leading the so-called ‘zones.’ The whole organization consists of 8 such zones Nigeria is divided into.

4. The Controller of Prisons

While Nigerian Prisons Service’s main office is located in Abuja, every territory is divided into (the 8 zones we talked about) has to control different states under it. Each of such states is led by the next rank in the structure – the Controller of Prisons.

5. Prison Warden

Every prison in Nigeria has its Prison Warden. It is the superintendent of the correctional facility, and the official rank is known as Superintendent of Prisons (shortly it is abbreviated as SP).

It is understood from the rank’s title that each SP is in charge of the whole prison facility, supervises every operation within the facility, takes care of the security, makes sure the inmates are taken care of, etc.

The rest of the Nigeria Prison Service rank structure Besides the Prison Warden, every prison has other ranks, including:

  • Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (shortly called DSP)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Prisons I (the official abbreviation is ASP.I)
  • Assistant Superintendent of Prisons II (the official abbreviation is ASP.II)
  • Senior Inspector of Prisons (the quick name of this rank is SIP)
  • Inspector of Prisons (the simple abbreviation is IP)
  • Assistant Inspector of Prisons (the quick rank abbreviation is AIP)
  • Prisons Assistant I (shortly this rank is called PAI)
  • The Prisons Assistant II (the rank’s simple abbreviation is PAII)
  • Prisons Assistant III (it is abbreviated as PAIII)

Nigerian Prisons Service Ranks and Salary

The Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) does employ fresh Staff any time they are doing a Nationwide Job Recruitment and Candidates that want to apply for a Job at Nigerian Prisons Service (NPS) are always curious and eager to know more about the government agency.

The New Salary Structure for Paramilitary Personnel in Nigeria

The Consolidated Para-Military Salary Structure (CONPASS), which provides for an increase in basic salary and allowance for Nigerian prison officers and all paramilitary organizations.

  • The average salary of Nigerian prisons service workers – ₦800,000-₦1,000,000 annually (₦50,000 monthly).
  • The highest salary is received by the Controller-General of Prison Service, the second-highest goes to the Deputy Controller Generals and Assistant Generals.
  • It was stated that salary grade level 07 is automatically moved to salary grade level 08, so this means that Nigeria prison officers’ salaries are growing.

Note: The highest Nigerian prison service rank is the NPS Controller-General which is followed by Deputy Controllers-General (DCGs) and the Assistant Comptroller Generals respectively.

Nigeria Prison Service Pay Slip

Pending the closure of the Nigerian Prison Recruitment, a lot of questions are coming up daily. Hence, to prevent people from traveling far and wide without an insight into the expected payment option, we have decided to update you.

The Payslip for the various ranks in the Nigeria Prison Service is not the same. It varies according to the qualifications with which each applicant is employed.

But, we have collated the various salaries for the Nigerian Prisons Service. Therefore, we encourage you to be careful while checking the details and only access the area related to you.

Categories and Salary Structure/ Pay Slip for Nigerian Prisons Recruitment

The list below contains all the categories for the Nigerian Prison Service Recruitment, their requirements, eligible people to apply, new application portal and the salary structure (i.e how much does Nigerian Prison pay?).


Pay Slip for Superintendent Cadre:

  • For the Superintendent of Prisons (SP) Medical, CONMESS 02. This position is for applicants with degrees of M.B.B.S; M.D; M.D.S; or equivalents from recognized universities. Also, their pay is under the CONMESS 02 salary structure listed below’
  • Superintendent of Prisons (SP) Vetinary CONMESS 02. This is for holders of D.V.M from recognized universities.
  • Deputy Superintendent of Prisons (DSP) Pharmacy, CONHESS 09. Hence for this position, applicants must have a Bachelor’s of Pharmacy degrees from recognized universities.
  • Assistant Superintendent of Prisons. I (ASP.I) CONPASS 09. Applicants must be holders of master’s degree from recognized Universities in the following areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Lab. Sciences, Architecture, Engineering, Radiology, etc
  • Assistant Superintendent of Prisons II (ASP.II), CONPASS 08. Applicants must possess a first degree from recognized Universities in the following areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Estate/Town Planning, Public Health, Food Sciences, Social Works, etc.


Pay Slip for Inspectorate Cadre:

  • Senior Inspector of Prisons (SIP), CONPASS 08. Here, applicants must have HND certificates from recognized Polytechnics/Colleges in the following areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, Estate/Town Planning, Public Health, Food Sciences, and Social Works, etc.
  • Inspector of Prisons (IP) Nursing, CONHESS 06. For this position, applicants must be registered Nurses (RN), Registered Midwives (RM) or Registered Nurses/Midwives (RNM) obtained from recognized institutions
  • Assistant Inspector of Prisons (AIP), General Duty, CONPASS 06. Here, interested applicants must possess OND/NCE Obtained from recognized institutions.


Pay Slip for Assistant Cadre:

Position: Prisons Assistant I (PAI) CONPASS 05. This is one of the low-tier positions with the NPS. The eligible applicants are required to possess SSCE/NECO, or Ordinary Level GCE results with at least 5 credit passes obtained in less than two sittings. The credit passes must include English Language and Mathematics.

Prisons Assistant I (PAI) CONPASS 05

For this position, applicants must be holders of GCE Ordinary Level, SSCE/NECO or their equivalents with a minimum of five (5) credits in not more than two (2) sittings, which should include English and Mathematics or Trade Test Grade 1

Prisons Assistant II (PAII) CONPASS 04

Here, applicants must possess the GCE Ordinary Level, SSCE or its equivalent with a minimum of five (5) credits in not more than two (2) sittings, which should include English or Trade Test Grade II. (Artisans, Motor drivers, Mechanics, Auto Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, etc.)

Prison Assistant III (PA.III) CONPASS 03

Applicants must be holders of GCE Ordinary Level, SSCE/NECO, or its equivalents with a minimum of three (3) credits in not more than two (2) sittings, which should include at least English or Mathematics or Trade Test Grade III for artisans. (Motor drivers, Mechanics, Auto Electricians, Plumbers, Carpenters, Masons, etc.

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