The Salvation Army operations began in Nigeria in 1920 when Lieut-Colonel and Mrs George H. Souter landed in Lagos, to be followed later by staff Captain and Mrs Charles Smith with 10 West Indian officers.

The Salvation Army in Nigeria is part of an international religious and charitable organization whose members demonstrate their Christian faith and beliefs through practical concern for the social well-being of all mankind. The Salvation Army operates in more than 131 countries and is headed by the General who is located at the International Headquarters (IHQ) in London, England.

The worldwide Salvation Army is divided into Territories, Commands and Regions.

The Salvation Army in Nigeria is part of the International Headquarters, which is subdivided into 14 divisions, 6 District and 3 Section. The Cabinet of The Salvation Army in Nigeria is the primary legal entity that The Salvation Army operates through in Nigeria.

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