About Us

  • About Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU)

    Police Special Fraud Unit is a section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department (FCID), a highest investigation arm of the Nigeria Police.

    The PSFU is headed by the Commissioner of Police – COMPOL Ibrahim Lamorde (BSc, MSc, Mni) and Its function include investigation and prosecution of serious and complex fraudulent cases within and outside the country.

    The PSFU serve as an internal resource within the FCID, conducting research and investigation into potential fraudulent activity. The Special Fraud Unit, provides assistance in reviewing situations where potential fraud has been identified. The definition of fraud is the “intentional misrepresentation of a material fact for personal gain”.

    The PSFU comprises of investigators who focus on both employee and employer fraud. In order to recognize potential fraud instances, the special investigator uses a thorough investigation procedure.

    If you have a potential fraud situation that you would like to report, please call and ask to speak with our Investigation Unit at PSFU. You can also email PSFU directly using report@specialfraudunit.org.ng

  • PSFU: What we do and who we work with

    Our work is part of the overarching aim of ensuring a fraud free economy by reducing fraud and corruption and the cost of fraud and corruption, delivering justice and maintaining confidence in the Nigeria businesses and financial institutions and all stakeholders

    We aim to do this by taking on appropriate cases, investigating them and bringing them to a successful conclusion as quickly as individual circumstances allow.

    We work closely with:

    External agencies and organisations

    Overseas jurisdictions


  • The Structure of the Nigeria Police Force

    The structure of the Nigeria Police Force is provided for in section 214 (2)(a) and 215(2) of the 1999 Constitution. These sections provide inter area, section 214(2)(a):-

    “Subject to the provisions of this constitution (a) the Nigeria Police shall be organised and Administered in accordance with such provisions as many be prescribed by an Act of the National Assembly

    Section 215 (2)

    “The Nigeria Police Force shall be under the Command of the Inspector-General of Police and any contingents of the Nigeria Police Force stationed in a state shall; subject to the authority of the Inspector-General of Police, be under the command of Commissioner of Police of that state”

    From the provisions above, three different structures in the Police Force can be identified. These are:-

    a. Command (Authority) Structure.

    b. Administration structure and

    c. Organisation structure

    These structures are patterned to meet the constitutional expectations of the Police, to perform effectively the duties assigned to it.


    The Command structure, also referred to as authority structure, of the Police Force is predicted on the regimental nature of the Force and conducted along the Force badges of ranks. Thus, in accordance with section 215(2) of the 1999 Constitution, section 6 of the Police Act, 1990 laws provide that “the Force shall be commanded by the Inspector-General of Police”. This simply means that orders, directives and instructions to perform or carry out the duties with which the Police is carried, flows from the Inspector-General of Police, through the chain of Command, to any Officer positioned to implement such order. Disobedience or failure to carry out such instruction, directive or order, attract punitive sanctions.

    According to Section 7 (1) of the Police Act, the next in the line to the Inspector General of Police, is the Deputy Inspector General of Police. Though this rank is not specially mentioned in the Constitution, it has legal backing, because the Police Act is a law made by the National Assembly in accordance with the constitution. According to section 7(1) of the Police Act, the Deputy Inspector General of Police is the second in Command of the Force and shall so act for him in the Inspector-General’s absence. Section 5 of the Act makes room for as many DIGs as the Nigeria Police Council considers appropriate. Every other rank below the IG, takes order of Command from him, in the performance of their lawful duties.

    The Office of the Assistant Inspector-General of Police is provided for by section 5 and 8 of the Police Act. He shall act for the Inspector-General of Police in the event of the absence of the Inspector-General of Police and Deputy Inspector-General of Police. Section 5 of the Police Act, in accordance with the provisions of section 215 (2), of the Nigeria Constitution, provides for the Office and rank of a Commissioner of Police who shall be in Control of contingents of the Police Force stationed in a State. He is subject however, to the command of the Inspector-General of Police or who-so-ever acts for him, in his absence.

    Every other rank in the Force is legally provided for by section 5 of the Police Act. The Command structure of the Nigeria Police can be presented in order of hierarchy as in the chain hereunder.


    The Inspector-General of Police

    The Deputy Inspector-General of Police

    The Asst. Inspector-General of Police

    The Commissioner of Police (In-charge of contingents in a state)

    The Deputy Commissioner of Police

    The Asst. Commissioner of Police

    The Chief Superintendent of Police

    The Superintendent of Police

    The Deputy Superintendent of Police

    The Asst. Superintendent of Police

    The Inspector of Police

    Sergeant Major




    Regulation 273 of the Police Regulation, Cap 359 laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1990 is instructing on this issue.


    The Nigeria Police is administratively structured and divided into six (7) departments: ‘A’ – ‘G’ with each department charged with peculiar duties. Though their duties are inter-woven, they are distinguishable.


    Direction, supervision and co-ordination of the various department within the Directorate;

    Standardization of policies and procedure of administration and finance of the Force;

    Periodical review of all standing force Orders, Regulations and other relevant instruments;

    Maintenance of Force discipline by directing and reviewing relevant policies and instructions;

    Convening of conference of the Directors, Zonal Police Commanders (Z.P.Cs) and the Command Commissioner of Police with the Inspector-General of Police;

    Planning, administration and monitoring of the budget and finances of the Force;

    Organization, planning and supervision of Research programmes, Management Information;

    Collating data for and publication of Annual Police Report;

    Convening the Force Tenders’ Board; and

    Planning and Adminstration of welfare schems , e.g, Medical;

    Laison, co-ordination and interaction with other Directorates of the Nigeria Police Force;

    Preparation of Annual Budget for the Directorate

    Police Computer;

    Police Co-operatives;



    a Planning and organizing internal security measures and monitoring the execution of such security measures in time of emergency;

    b. Direction and co-ordination of Force policies on crime prevention;

    c. Utilization of Force Animals

    d. Formulation of Force policies on traffic control;

    e. Planning coordinating and monitoring of the Force communication network;

    f. Reviewing and formulating policies on tactical operation schemes for crime control and prevention;

    g. Periodical inspections of various units for effective implementation of the operational policies of the Police;

    h. Planning and coordinating joint operation;

    i. Formulating policies, planning and management of incidents such as disturbance, riots, national disasters, elections, suppression of insurrections and trade union disputes or conflicts;

    j. Formulation and implementation of policies on antiterrorism;

    k. Liaison, coordination and interaction with other Directorates of the Nigeria Police Force;

    l. Preparation of annual budget for the Directorate.


    a. Purchase of stores, clothing an Accoutrement;

    b. Planning of building programmes;

    c. Construction and maintenance of Police Buildings and quarters;

    d. Arrangement of Board of Survey and Disposal of unserviceable/Boarded vehicles, equipment etc;

    e. Determination of costs of all equipment, e.g. vehicles, planes, Helicopters; Wireless equipment, Bomb Disposal equipment, Force Animals, Arms & Ammunition and other riot equipment, Boats, Medical, Stationers, Spare parts, Printing equipment;

    f. Responsibility for the procurement of all technical equipment. Aircraft, Wireless, Medical, Armaments, Transport etc, clothing and accoutrements, Stationers and office equipment;

    g. Responsibility for the allocation and distribution of the equipment procured for the various Police Commands and Directorates;

    h. Organization and direction Board of survey;

    i. Responsibility for the planning and execution of building projects and accommodation;

    j. Erection and supervision of the maintenance Barracks, quarters, office buildings and equipment;

    k. Preparation of annual budget for the Directorate;

    l. Liaison, coordination and interaction with other Directions of the Nigeria Police Force.


    a. Criminal Investigations

    b. Interpol

    c. Antiguitics

    d. Crime Prevention Policies

    e. Narcotics

    f. Forensic Matters

    g. Crime Records

    h. Prosecution and

    i. Criminal Intelligence;


    a. Formulation and implementation of supervision of Force Training policy

    b. Supervision and coordination of the activities of the Police and Police Staff Colleges

    c. Liaison with Police and Civilian Institution of higher learning at home and abroad for effective interchange of ideas;

    d. Establishment of effective staff development programme;

    e. Formulation training, research to keep pace with modern thought in the field of training, staff development and equipment;

    f. Formulating a uniform standard of training in all in all Police Colleges/Training Schools;

    g. Preparation of annual budget for the Directorate;

    h. Liaison coordination and interaction with other Directorates in the Nigeria Police Force;


    a. Research;

    b. Planning

    c. Inspectorate Division;

    d. Management Information;

    e. Organization and Method


    As it is known globally, technology plays significant role in modern law enforcement to enhance efficiency and effectiveness of the agencies. Thus, it is imperative for modern law enforcement agency to have the capability to manage electronic databases and communication systems as global crime has become more sophisticated.


    • Communications Section  from ‘B’ Department;

    • INFOTECH Section from ‘F’ Department;

    • Police Computer College, Abeokuta, ‘F’ Department;

    • Communications Training Schools in Kaduna & Ikeja;

    • Police Biometric Central Motor Registry (BCMR) from ‘B’ Department

    • Automatic Fingerprint Identification System  from  ‘D’ Department

    • Tracking & Intercepting Device Unit from ‘D’ Department


    • To develop an ICT Policy for the Nigeria Police Force in line with National ICT Policies such  policies on procurement, use and maintenance of ICT equipment

    • To develop and empower the Nigeria Police personnel with ICT skills for  operation efficiency and improved service delivery

    • To provide tools that will help accomplish efficient modern policing.

    • To introduce ICT innovative solutions centered on strategic policing that will facilitate public participation in the policing

    • To develop technological driven Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) program, that is designed within the context of police-community-partnership for efficient and effective law enforcement

    • To provide and maintain a system for data collection, input analysis and necessary output

    • To provide and maintain security for all levels of access and privilege to information systems and technology in all Police formation

    • To ensure that Nigeria Police acquire the best ICT equipment that complies with global law enforcement standards

    • To evolve law enforcement technological solutions that will set pace for other security agencies globally

    • To periodically conduct ICT related need assessment and advise the Force accordingly



    a. Promotion and appointment of Superior Police Officers;

    b. Deployment of Superior Police Officers;

    c. Records of Superior Police Officers;

    d. Discipline of Superior Police Officers;

    e. Police Council meeting;

    f. Inter-Ministerial matter; and

    g. Promotion Boards


    The Nigeria Force is further structured in line with the geo-political structure of the Country, with provisions for supervisory formations. The structure formation enables Police operational of the internal Territory of Nigeria.

    The organisational structure of the Police Force is represented as shown below:

    Force Headquarters

    Zonal Headquarters

    State Commands Headquarters

    Divisional Police Headquarters

    Police Station

    Police Post

    Village Police Post.

    By this nature, the Police Operational crime fighting function is felt by the populace. The relevance of the structuring of the Police to the defence and internal security of the nation can be appreciated by the totality of Police role in internal; security. The whole weight of the powers and duties of the Police are spread on the balance of these structures. A periodic assessment and review of these structures to determine their relevance in the scheme of the nation’s defence mechanism has remained a traditional exercise in the Force, in order to catch-up with current global policing strategies as prescribed in international defence policies. It also provides avenue for getting along with other national security out-fits.

  • Vision and Mission Statement

    Vision Statement

    To make Nigeria safer and more secure for economic development and growth; to create a safe and secure environment for everyone living in Nigeria.

    Mission Statement

    1. To partner with other relevant Security Agencies and the public in gathering, collating and sharing information and intelligence with the intention of ensuring the safety and security of the country
    2. To participate in efforts aimed at addressing the root causes of crime while ensuring that any criminal act is investigated so as to bring the criminals to justice in a fair and professional manner
    3. To engender an efficient, effective, well-trained and highly motivated workforce, with deliberate efforts aimed at improving the capacity and welfare of all officers and men of the Force
    4. To build a people’s friendly Police Force that will respect and uphold the fundamental rights of all citizens
    5. To build a gender sensitive and gender friendly Police Force that will give equal opportunity to female Police Officers, while at the same time respecting their peculiarities


    Working together with people irrespective of religious, political, social or economic affiliations to:

    1. Deliver quality police service that is accessible to the generality of the people;
    2. Build a lasting trust in the police by members of the public;
    3. Protect and uphold the rights of persons, to be impartial and respectful in the performance of Police duties;
    4. Continuously evaluate and improve Police services;
    5. Provide equal opportunities for career developments for all members of the force;
    6. Cooperate with all relevant government Agencies and other stakeholders.
    7. Liaise with the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission to formulate and implement policies for the effective policing of Nigeria.


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