Federal Ministry of Interior

Federal Ministry of Interior
Block F, Old Federal Secretariat,
Area 1, P.M.B. 7007,
Garki, Abuja.
Phone : 09-6713526,
Fax : 09-6713526.
E-mail : [email protected]
Website: http://www.interior.gov.ng

Hon. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau

Honourable Minister of Interior

Lt. General Abdulrahaman Dambazau was born in Kano State on 14th of March 1954. He attended St. Theresa School, Barewa College, Zaria and the Nigeria Defence Academy. He obtained Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Kent State University, U.S.A and University of Keele, United Kingdom in 1984 and 1989 respectively.

General Dambazau was commissioned into the Nigerian Army infantry in 1977 and rose through the ranks to become the Chief of Army Staff in 2009.
He is a recipient of the National Honour of Commander of the Federal Republic of (CFR) and the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM). Dr. Dambazau, who diligently served Nigeria as a Military Officer for 36 years in the Army, is a Fellow of many International institutes.


The mandate of the Ministry is fostering the maintenance of internal security and citizenship integrity for the promotion of good governance.


To provide complementary internal security service in accordance with international best practice.


To render to Nigerians and foreigners alike, diverse internal security and other ancillary services that are highly qualitative, efficient, courteous and transparent.
The Ministry has undergone several structural changes both in functions and nomenclature and today the Ministry of Interior is responsible for:

• Granting of Nigerian Citizenship;
• Consular and Immigration Services;
• Granting of Business Permits and Expatriate quotas;
• Co-ordination of National /Independence Day Celebrations;
• Reformation and re-integration of inmates;
• Security of lives and properties;
• Management of National emergencies;
• Recruitment of officers and men of the Prisons Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; and
• Managing the retirement benefits of retirees of Paramilitary Services under its supervision.

Nigeria Immigration Service
Nigeria Prisons Service
Nigeria Federal Fire Service
Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp
Nigerian Police Force
Civil Defence, Immigration and Prisons Services Board (CDIPB)