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Police reveals irregularities in 2022 constable recruitment, calls for review

 Police reveals irregularities in 2022 constable recruitment

The Nigeria Police Force has raised alarms regarding the irregularities and alleged corruption found in the recently released list of successful candidates for the 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise. 

The revelation comes after numerous complaints and allegations from candidates and stakeholders about the flawed recruitment process, particularly the disappearance of names of those who had successfully passed the initial stages.

This was contained in a statement signed by the ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, force public relations officer on Saturday.

According to the statement, upon a detailed examination of the list published on the Police Service Commission, PSC portal, several alarming discrepancies were found

“Non-applicants listed, Several names of persons purported to be names of successful candidates are those who did not even apply and therefore did not take part in the recruitment exercise."

“Failed candidates included, The published list contains several names of candidates who failed either the Computer Based Test CBT or the physical screening exercise or both."

“Medically unfit candidates listed, There are those who made it to the last stage of the exercise but were disqualified having been found medically unfit through the standardised medical test but who also made the list of successful candidates as published by the PSC."

“Financial dealings and corrupt practices, Most worrisome is the allegation of financial dealings and corrupt practices leading to the outcome where unqualified and untrainable individuals have been shortlisted,” the statement reads in part.

The Inspector General of Police IGP has addressed these concerns in a letter dated June 10, 2024, to the Chairman of the PSC. 

The letter highlighted the irregularities and stressed that while the Supreme Court has ruled on the PSC's authority to recruit for the police, this power does not extend to recruiting unqualified individuals. 

"The police bears the brunt of recruitment of unqualified individuals and not the PSC. The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up."

“In light of these findings, the Nigeria Police Force has dissociated itself from the published list and called for a review to ensure transparency and credibility in the recruitment process. 

The NPF emphasized the need for recruiting qualified, competent, trainable and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force, in line with the vision of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's led administration on police reform.

Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, the PSC's Joint Recruitment Board, established to oversee the recruitment process, was reportedly crippled and never allowed to carry out its mandate, with the final list being released without the Board's consent.

“The Nigeria Police Force remains committed to addressing the concerns of prospective recruits who underwent rigorous screening exercises, promising a thorough review of the process. 

"It is our commitment to ensure that the process is thoroughly reviewed, stands fruitful and successful for the betterment of the Nigeria Police, and by extension the country," stated ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer, on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police,” the statement added.



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