Nigerian SSS Ranks And Salary Structure 2021

In this article, I will be talking about the ranks and the new salary Scale of the Nigerian State security service popularly known as SSS or DSS. If you want to know this and other pertinent information about the SSS in Nigeria, then read till the end.


How much does SSS officers earn as monthly salary is a question that many Nigerians want to know about. This is so because information about the Secret Service is truly secret. But don’t worry, we have done the findings and would like to share them with you in this article.

What Is The Full Meaning Of SSS And DSS In Nigeria?

If you are in Nigeria, chances are that you must have heard about the acronym SSS right? You may have wondered what the term really represent.

Well, SSS is an acronym that stands for State Security Service. In Nigeria, it is a body that specializes in intelligence gathering, with the responsibility of protecting all the high profiled politicians and their families from dangers, among other duties as may be required of them by the president of Nigeria.

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Another acronym that mostly goes with SSS in Nigeria is DSS which stands for Department of State Service. Both Dss and SSS can be used interchangeably to mean one and the same thing.

We shall talk about the duties of SSS in details later on in this article.

Brief History Of SSS In Nigeria

Before going into the details of the ranks and salary structure of DSS in Nigeria, its pertinent to introduce us to the root of this highly classified secret organization in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s state security service SSS is also known by many as the Department of state services DSS. As a body of professionals, the SSS was established by decree No 19 in 1986, under Gen Babangidas administrations.

The decree number 19 abolished the National security organization NSO which was the predecessor of SSS and in its place, 3 different organizations came to be. These 3 agencies includes:

  • The National Intelligence Agency which has the responsibility of gathering external intelligence and counter intelligence.
  • The Defence Intelligence Agency gathers military related intelligence both within and outside the Nigerian state.
  • The State Security Service was made responsible for gathering domestic intelligence

SSS was formally charged with the responsibilities of protecting Nigeria from all forms of domestic threats, among other duties which we shall look at in details presently.

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Since its establishment, the state security service (SSS) has gone through series of reforms and changes in order to be more efficient in the discharge of its duties. While there are series of successes to their credit, there has also been issues around the operations of SSS officers.

At the moment, the headquarters of DSS in Nigeria is at Abuja in a complex known as the Yellow House. This yellow house is located at Aso-drive in Maitama, Abuja. #Dss salary structure

The Main Duties Of SSS In Nigeria

Just like you know, the DSS or SSS (if you like) was created for a reason. Below are the main duties or functions of Dss/sss in Nigeria:

  • The main duty of SSS is the protection of top political office holders in Nigeria, including the president, vice president, governor and their families, including all other high profiled politician in Nigeria.
  • The State security service also helps in the protection of the Nigerian state against internal threats
  • The enforcement of criminal laws in Nigeria
  • SSS also helps in assisting the traditional law enforcement agencies in Nigeria in maintaining law and order in the society.
  • Counter terrorism and insurgency in Nigeria, and other roles that may be assigned to them by the president of Nigeria from time to time.

The above are the main duties of Dss in Nigeria. With these duties, its expected that the salary scale of Dss will be quite good right? Well, we will find out presently. But before then, what are the ranks in Dss or SSS in Nigeria?

List Of Ranks In SSS (Updated)

list of ranks in nigerian sss

The state security service is a large classified body of professionals that handles the internal security threats in Nigeria alongside the Police force. Hence, SSS has many ranks just like other para military organizations in Nigeria. while the highest rank in SSS is the General, the lowest ranking officer in SSS is the Recruit.

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Below is the full list of ranks in the Nigerian State Security Service SSS:

  • Recruit
  • Private
  • Lance Corporal
  • Corporal
  • Sergeant
  • Staff Sergeant
  • Second Lieutenant
  • Lieutenant
  • Captain
  • Major
  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Colonel
  • Brigadier Generel
  • Major General
  • Lieutenant Generel
  • General

The above are the full list of DSS ranks in Nigeria 2020. It is not different from the ranks in other para military organizations in Nigeria.

Nigerian DSS Salary Structure 2020

How much do DSS officers earn as monthly salary in Nigeria? This question has been asked by many Nigerians over a million times, because there seems to be no data about the monthly salaries of SSS officers in Nigeria.

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What we should understand about the salary scale of the Nigeria state security service DSS is that it is a classified information. Every information about the DSS in Nigeria is classified, and the public seldom have access to them.

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However, the monthly salary scale of DSS officers in Nigeria is between N56,000 to N1.5million. While DSS recruits earn about 56,000 monthly salaries, the General in DSS receives about N1.5million approximately.

Like we said earlier, DSS is a Secret Service, and they really don’t want people to know much about them. Hence, the figures above are not from official sources, but was gotten from series of sites on the internet.

From the above figures, the salary scale of DSS officers in Nigeria is a bit higher than that of other para military organisations, perhaps because of the nature of their jobs. DSS works closely with high profiled Nigerian politicians you know?

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In this article, we have identified the ranks in Dss and also the salary structure of DSS or SSS. We believe that by now you must have made your choice on whether to join the DSS or not. Believe me, the Salary scale of DSS is quite amazing when compared to others.

If you still have any other concern regarding the data we have published about the ranks and salary structure of DSS in Nigeria, kindly contact us via the comment box below or through the contact us form, and we shall address the issue as soon as possible.

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    I am please with the service rendered by the sss

  2. Peter

    How much is the salary of a second lieutenant

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