National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Salary Structure

This article focuses on the salaries of NDLEA staff which is based on their grade and level.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is a federal government agency in Nigeria which is mandated to terminate the manufacturing, importation, exportation, selling, and the entire processing of illicit drugs as it is universally unacceptable.

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The agency which was instituted by Decree #48 of January 1990 was mandated to among others; completely destroy the cannabis by extirpating the plants and to catch the leaders of drugs and money laundering gangs in Nigeria. They are always present in transborder seaports, airports, and border crossing points.


Functions of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

They are charged with the responsibilities of;

  • Using all the resources at its disposal for the absolute extirpation of all illegal trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. In other words, the reduction of illegal drugs and other substances on demand.
  • Recover all ill-gotten wealth, acquired from proceeds of illegal drug trading.
  • Defend, strengthen, and maintain the image of Nigeria and Nigerian people both at home and abroad.
  • Make arrests where necessary and convey drug dealers over to the police.

Are you ready and interested to perform these functions for your country and take risks where necessary? If your answer is yes then read on..


NDLEA Salary Structure

The NDLEA salary structure is based on the grade level and steps which serves as distinction among officers in the same level and also helps maintain order and control.

The agency is a paramilitary structure, therefore the salary is determined by the Consolidated Paramilitary Salary Structure (CONPASS). Consolidated with the basic salaries in image 1 are other allowances EXCEPT RENT which is shown in the Image 2 below.

The salary also depends on the level of education one holds. While HND Holders are placed on Level 7; Degree Holders are placed on Level 8. And the ongoing recruitment is for BSC and HND holders.

The annual salary for NDLEA B.sc holders Grade Level 8 Step 1 is about ₦1,004,805 while Grade Level 8 Step 2 is about ₦1,019,357 including all allowances.

This means that the total salary is calculated thus:

Level 8 step 1 = CONPASS + Rent Allowance

₦888,956 + ₦115,849

= ₦1,004,805 (total annual salary). i.e ₦83,733 (monthly)


Then that of HND holders placed on Grade Level 7 Step 1 is ₦573,287.

Level 7 step 1 = CONPASS + Rent Allowance

₦483,014 + ₦92,273.9

= 573,287 (total annual salary). i,e ₦44,773 (monthly)

Above, are monthly salaries for the ongoing recruitment positions including allowances. If you wish to learn more about the NDLEA salary structure, study the image below.

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Image 1: Shows the annual salaries of all paramilitary groups except rent. Highlighted are the salaries of the ongoing recruitment positions.




Image 2:  Shows the rent allowance for officers who are not quartered in the barracks.


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Frances Anonu

37 thoughts on “National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Salary Structure

  1. I wish to apply for NDLEA
    I am Ebenezer Omomumi a graduate of Political Science from AAUA with a Second Class (hons). Upper Credit with number 07033346124.

  2. am trying to apply for NDLEA since monday but the application is not submit i don’t know why help me i beg

  3. can i apply wth my ssce and when been recruitted into dy ndlea then further my education? since am in 300level now

  4. i attained college of legal studies in common law department with good result an i want to apply hope there will accept me says:

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