The Nigeria Police Force has announced that successful candidates in its recruitment exercise will undergo a lie-detector test. Police spokesman, Don Awunah, disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.
According to Awunah, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, directed that the test be carried out on recruits to ensure that persons of questionable character are not admitted into the force. The test is however, in addition to other things that would be carried out on the recruits.
Part of the statement read:
“The Nigeria Police Force will subject successful candidates in the ongoing recruitment exercise to compulsory polygraph test (lie detector test); this test will be in addition to the general background check, biometrics, medical, physical examination, aptitude, oral and psychological tests. The police will also conduct a thorough verification of all documents submitted by prospective candidates.
“The Inspector General of pPlice (IGP) Ibrahim Idris gave this directive while reviewing the recruitment exercise so far and expressed satisfaction with the progress made in recruiting ten thousand personnel into the Nigeria Police Force. The IGP said that no candidate will be admitted for training at the police academy and colleges without undergoing these prescribed tests.
“The polygraph test is aimed at ensuring that candidates are not of questionable character and their behaviour conform with standard rules of behaviour expected of an officer to be recruited into the force.”
The statement also said the Police Academy and other training colleges across the country will be equipped to carry out the necessary tests.
Aptitude test for shortlisted applicants to the Nigeria Police Force held across the country on Monday August 22. The commission shortlisted 110, 469 out of the 338,250 for the aptitude tests from the 991,438 applications received.
The 110,469 comprised 22, 454 for Cadet ASPs, 24,456 for Cadet Inspectors and 63,559 for Police Constables.