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Police allege irregularities, corruption in constables recruitment

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THE Nigeria Police Force has expressed concerns regarding alleged irregularities and corruption in connection with the recent release of successful candidates’ names by the Police Service Commission for the 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.

He noted that the list published on the Police Service Commission portal includes numerous names of individuals who did not apply for the recruitment process and therefore did not participate in it.

The statement further pointed out that the list contains candidates who failed either the Computer Based Test (CBT), the physical screening exercise, or both, as well as individuals who were deemed medically unfit during the standard medical test but still appeared on the list of successful candidates.

The statement raised concerns about alleged financial malpractices and corrupt actions that have led to unqualified and unskilled individuals being shortlisted.

The Inspector General of Police wrote a letter of objection to the Commission Chairman on June 10, 2024, highlighting these discrepancies, stressing that while the Commission has the authority to recruit for the police, it should not include the recruitment of unqualified and untrained candidates.

The Nigeria Police Force has distanced itself from the published list and called for a transparent and credible review process to ensure the recruitment of qualified, competent, trainable, and productive individuals in alignment with the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration on police reform.

The recruitment exercise faced controversy, with the former Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith, resigning in 2023 amid the disputes over recruitment responsibilities between the Commission and the Office of the Inspector-General of Police.

The tensions arose following the PSC’s advertisement of recruitment for constables, which the Police Force insisted was solely their responsibility.