573,211 Candidates Fail Police Recruitment First Stage


The Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday revealed that over 573,000 candidates failed it’s first stage recruitment process.

The commission said it shortlisted 338,227 applicants out of the 911,438 that applied for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier in the year approved the recruitment of 10,000 policemen into the nation’s Police Force to reinforce the police for better service.

Chairman of the Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, who disclosed this at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, said screening of successful applicants would begin on June 6th in all the 36 states of the federation as well as the Federal Capital Territory.

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Mr Okiro explained that 44,661 were shortlisted for Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Cadre, while 87,736 were shortlisted for Cadet Inspector Cadre and another 205,830 for Police Constable Cadre.

262,426 applicants had applied for Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), 211,832 applied for Cadet Inspector and 437,144 for Police Constables.

338,227 Candidates Make It To Next Stage

Mr Okiro said;

“I would like to emphasize that the initial shortlisting of applicants was done electronically. Invitation letters were also sent to successful applicants through SMS and to their personal email addresses.”

“Applicants will be grouped according to their local government areas and a date fixed for their screening. As a commission, we have collectively and individually swore to make this project a huge success.

“The Nigeria Police needs the best, especially now that the nation is engaged in several battles.”

The Chairman of the PSC however warned applicants against fake letters from criminal elements, stressing that the invitation note they receive states the date for each person’s screening and venue of the screening.

He explained that this was to avoid overcrowding at the venue and to ensure that the exercise was done meticulously.

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He warned that no applicant would be admitted into any venue or appear on any date other than those allocated to him or her.

Mr Okiro also added that after the screening exercise, successful candidates would be invited to a zonal screening to be held in the 12 police zonal headquarters in the country.

He said the national interview would be held in Abuja, successful candidates from the zonal screening exercise would then be interviewed.

He noted that the Commission had been transparent since the filling and submission of forms started. He re-emphasized that the Police recruitment will be guided by the rules and will be fair, transparent and ensure that the process is merit-driven.