The Force Criminal Investigation Department is the highest investigative arm of the Nigeria Police Force. Its functions among others include investigation and prosecution of serious and complex criminal cases within and outside the country. The Department has the following Sections; namely;

i. Administration

ii. Anti-Fraud Section

iii. Central Criminal Registry

iv. Special Anti Robbery Squad

v. Interpol Section

vi. ‘X’ Squad Section

vii. General Investigation Section

viii. Special Fraud Unit

ix. Homicide Section

x. Forensic Science Laboratory

 xi. Anti-Human trafficking Unit

xii. Legal Section

xiii. Force CID Annex Lagos

xiv. Force CID Annex Kaduna

I. FCID ADMIN HEADQUATERS ABUJA - The Department of Investigation is headed by Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG Peter Y. Gana mni.). The Administrative Section is among other things charged with the day-to-day running of the Department. The Section issues policy directives that guide the affairs of the Department.

II. ANTI-FRAUD SECTION The Anti-Fraud Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP Sylvester A. Umeh). The Section investigates cases of dud cheques and fraud related offences that may be referred to the Section by the IGP or through the DIG ‘Crime and Investigation’.

III. CENTRAL CRIMINAL REGISTRY (CCR) The CCR is headed by a Commissioner of Police (Ag/CP Salau O. Waheed). The functions of the CCR are: a. The maintenance of records of known criminals convicted in Nigeria and abroad, b. Collating necessary information about crime and criminals, c. Maintaining criminal index in such a manner as to trace it easily for reference purposes, d. Maintain links with:

(i) All Police Commands,

(ii) Government Departments such as Prisons, etc,

(iii) Supply of information on criminal records to Interpol.

IV. SPECIAL ANTI ROBBERY SQUAD The Special Anti Robbery Squad is headed by a Commissioner of Police (Ag/CP Abdullahi Yuguda). The Squad is saddled with the responsibility of combating armed robbery and other heinous crimes nationwide.

V. INTERPOL SECTION The Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP Adeniji Adeola Adeleke). The Section is also known as the National Central Bureau – Interpol Lagos/Abuja which is an affiliate of the ICPO – Interpol with Headquarters at Lyon, France. It serves as the link between Nigeria Police and the world. The Section keeps records of Nigerian deportees and investigates cases that crosses national boundary. It also liaises between the Force and the Embassies/High Commissions in Nigeria.

VI. ‘X’ SQUAD SECTION The X-Squad Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP Ali Amodu). The Section is a striking force used for anti corruption crusade of the Nigeria Police Force. It also carries out “sting operations” on officers involved in bribery, corruption, other forms of official misconducts and the flouting of the directives of the IGP. It also carries out surveillance activities at Banks and other important places.

VII. GENERAL INVESTIGATION SECTION The Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP James O. Aroniyo). It is saddled with the responsibility of investigating those cases that are sensitive and complex in nature that require specialized investigation techniques.

VIII. SPECIAL FRAUD UNIT The Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (Ag/CP Tunde Ogunsakin). It is responsible for the investigation of high profile, local and international fraud cases, particularly advanced fee fraud (419), investigation of cyber crime and IT frauds.

IX. HOMICIDE SECTION The Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP Adamu Hassan). It is charged with the investigation of cases of murder, manslaughter and related cases. It also investigates cases as directed by IGP and DIG ‘D’ Department.

X. FORENSIC SCIENCE LABORATORY The Section is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP Ovie Oyakomino). It deals with the application of science to law. It employs highly developed technology to uncover scientific evidence relevant to criminal investigation. It has the following functional units:

a. Crime Scene: Undertakes visit to crime scenes, photograph and make sketch of the scene, search for exhibits, process invisible to be visible and obtain the exhibits for analysis by other units.

b. Chemistry: Undertakes physical examination and chemical analysis of materials using different equipments and/or chemical materials including powders and liquid for their composition.

c. Biology: Undertakes visual, physical and microscopic examination of biological materials like hairs, fibers, plants, leaves for identification purposes. d. Ballistics: Examination of firearms, empty cartridges, shells and bullets for prohibition, state of functionality and identification or matching of shells and/or bullets with suspects firearms.

e. Serology/DNA: Identification and typing of biological materials/stains like blood, semen for their origin.

f. Fingerprints: Obtains biometrics and bio-data of suspects into database, conducts search of electronic database for match of prints recovered from crime scenes for identification purpose.

g. Disputed Documents: Undertakes examination of documents using different light sources and equipments for forgery, alteration, erasure, etc.

XI. ANTI-HUMAN TRAFFICKING UNIT The Section is headed by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP Mary A. Egbeyemi). The Unit works in collaboration with the UNICEF, National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons and other Related Matters (NAPTIP), International Labour Organization, United Nation Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Federal Ministry of Women Affairs, Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), America Bar Association (ABA), Nigerian Organization for Migration. These joint actions were mapped out for the eradication of human trafficking.

XII. LEGAL SECTION The Legal Section is headed by a Commissioner of Police (CP Adebayo Ajileye). The Section was set up to perform the following functions;

a. Vetting and issuing of legal advice on casefiles received from various sections of the Department.

 b. Instituting and prosecuting cases in Courts.

c. Diligent defense of civil suits brought against the Police.

d. Liaising with the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and the Office of the State Attorneys General as the case may be, in respect of cases that require their attention and co-operation, especially on serious crimes and civil litigations.

e. Advice the Force on current legal issues, prepare contract, agreements, memoranda of understanding, etc.

f. Provision of library services and other adhoc functions as directed by the IGP/DIG.


For administrative and operational ease the Force CID is annexed at Lagos and Kaduna respectively.

a. FORCE CID LAGOS ANNEX: The annex office is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge Administration (DCP Abdulmaliki S. Adeyemi). The function of the annex office is replicated to have all the Sections mentioned above with the same functions to cater for the southern part of the country.

b. FORCE CID KADUNA ANNEX: The annex office is headed by a Deputy Commissioner of Police in-charge Administration (DCP Sani U. Mohammed). The annex office is a “train the trainer outfit” for the training and certification of experts on specialized fields such as disputed documents, photography, finger print, etching, etc. It is a technical/specialized aspect of the Force CID in the area of criminal investigation.

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