The Highest Paid Paramilitary in Nigeria (2024)

Paramilitary forces are organizations that are similar to the military in terms of their structure, tactics, training, and subculture, but they are not part of a country’s official or legitimate armed forces. Paramilitary forces are often used to maintain internal security and public order, and they can also be used to supplement the military in times of war or national emergency.


Nigeria has a number of paramilitary forces, including the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), the Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS), and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). These paramilitary forces play an important role in maintaining security and order in Nigeria.


The highest paid paramilitary force in Nigeria is the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS). The NCS is responsible for collecting customs duties and taxes on goods imported into Nigeria. NCS officers also play a role in preventing smuggling and other illegal activities at Nigeria’s borders.

In this blog post, we will discuss the highest paid paramilitary forces in Nigeria. We will provide a brief overview of each paramilitary force, including their duties and responsibilities. We will also compare the salaries of the different paramilitary forces and discuss the factors that affect the salaries of paramilitary personnel.


All paramilitary bodies in the country are under the consolidated paramilitary salary structure (CONPASS).

This means that there is a certain level of take home pay according to the hierarchy of ranks in all of the recognized defence agencies in the country.

Take for example, a civil defence officer salary should be equal to that of a FRSC cadet salary of same rank.

Unlike the military which the highest paid force is the Nigerian Airforce, this rule does not hold sway. This doesn’t mean that allowances and other bonuses aren’t paid to the officers.

In our previous posts, we have taken time to discuss the various Nigerian paramilitary agencies. Although there has been calls for the increment of salaries of the men and officers of these various security outfit, the Federal Government is yet to respond to that call.

Most people looking for jobs in any of these agencies should visit their websites for recruitment updates concerning vacancies as job openings in these paramilitary organizations is always a yearly exercise.


The following is a list of the highest paid paramilitary forces in Nigeria, in order of salary:

  • Nigeria Customs Service (NCS)
  • Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)
  • Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)
  • Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS)
  • Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC)

The following table compares the salaries of the different paramilitary forces in Nigeria:

Paramilitary Force Salary Range
Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) N100,000 – N500,000
Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) N80,000 – N400,000
Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) N70,000 – N350,000
Nigeria Correctional Service (NCS) N60,000 – N300,000
Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) N50,000 – N250,000


Find out which paramilitary pays more in Nigeria in terms of salary below:


The Nigeria Customs Service or NCS is the highest paid paramilitary organisation in the country today. The NCS is saddled with the responsibilities of revenue collection, accounting for same and anti smuggling activities.

It is the job of the Nigerian Customs to prevent smuggled and contraband goods from entering the country.

Most times, they work hand in hand with the police and other security outfits. The customs officers are also paid well since the have a unique position within the hub of the international supply chain of goods and services.


The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) was carved out from the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) in 1958. The functions of the NIS is to provide security that can address the operational challenges of modern migration.

Although, it is said that the Nigerian Immigration Service is the second highest paid paramilitary outfit in the country since they deal with visa application and registration. They are also the body in charge of allowing immigrants entry into Nigeria.


The NSCDC is responsible for maintaining internal security and protecting critical infrastructure. NSCDC officers also play a role in disaster management and search and rescue operations.


The NCS is responsible for the custody and rehabilitation of prisoners. NCS officers also work to prevent crime and recidivism.


The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) was established as one of the Paramilitary Organizations in the country by the promulgation of Decree Number 48 of 1989, now Act of Parliament.

The core function of this outfit was to investigate, prosecute and exterminate illicit drug trafficking and consumption in the Nigerian society.

Since the involvement in drugs by cartels, especially their importation, exportation, sale, transfer, purchase, cultivation, manufacture, extraction and possession is universally unacceptable by most countries of the world.


This organization was created by the federal government to embark of the following primary functions:

  • To make the highway safe for motorists and other road users.
  • Recommend works and devices designed to minimize accidents on the highways.
  • Advise the Federal and State Governments on how to reduce road traffic congestion.
  • Educate and sensitize road users and car owners on road signs and management.
  • Arrest offenders for violation of road use act.
  • Inspect and administer license and vehicle documents to road users.

Other paramilitary agencies worthy of mention is the Nigerian Prison Service (NPS). As of writing this post, the Peace Corps bill was rejected by the president, so it might be termed an illegal outfit soon.


The salaries of paramilitary personnel are  affected by a number of factors, including rank, experience, and location. For example, higher-ranking officers typically earn more than lower-ranking officers. Officers with more experience also typically earn more than officers with less experience. Additionally, officers who work in certain locations, such as major cities or dangerous areas, may earn more than officers who work in other locations.


The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) is the highest paid paramilitary force in Nigeria. NCS officers earn a salary of between N100,000 and N500,000 per month. The other paramilitary forces in Nigeria also pay their officers a competitive salary, but the salaries are not as high as the salaries paid by the NCS.

If you are interested in a career in a paramilitary force, it is important to do your research to learn more about the different paramilitary forces and their requirements. You should also consider the factors that affect salaries and choose a paramilitary force that offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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Oluchi Chukwu

Oluchi is a seasoned Information blogger, content developer and the editor of Nigerian Queries. She is a tech enthusiast who loves reading, writing and research

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