Federal Ministry of Interior (Nigeria)

The Federal Ministry of the Interior is a part of the Federal Ministries of Nigeria tasked with providing complementary internal security and other ancillary services within Nigeria.


The concern to maintain internal security gave rise to the creation of Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs in 1957.[1] In 2007, the Ministry of Internal Affairs merged with the Ministry of Police Affairs, resulting in the Ministry of the Interior.

The current Minister of the Interior is Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola


The Ministry formulates and implements policies related to border management and supervises the National Immigration Service.[2]

Its other functions include:

  • Granting of Nigerian citizenship
  • Consular and immigration services
  • Granting of business permits and expatriate quotas
  • Co-ordination of national and 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 Correctional Service, Immigration Service, Fire Service and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps
  • Managing the retirement benefits of retirees of paramilitary Services under its supervision.

List of MinistersEdit

Name Term
Bello Maitama Yusuf* 1979–1983
Bagudu Mamman* 1990–1991
Sunday Afolabi 1999–2000
Mohammed Shata 2000–2003
Iyorchia Ayu 2003–2005
Magaji Muhammed 2005–2006
Oluyemi Adeniji 2006–2007
Godwin Abbe 2007–2009
Shettima Mustapha 2009–2010
Emmanuel Iheanacho 2010–2011
Patrick Abba Moro 2011–2015
Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau 2015–2019
Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola 2019–

*Minister of Internal Affairs


  1. ^ "About the Ministry". Ministry of Interior. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  2. ^ Collyer, Michael. Emigration Nations: Policies and Ideologies of Emigrant Engagement. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. p. 234. ISBN 9781137277107.

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