The 2016 police recruitment exercise which had over 800,000 interested applicants may already have most applicants ineligible or disqualified because they either do not meet the age or educational requirements.
Management of the Nigerian Police Force has revealed that only applications from interested applicants within the age limit of 28 will be considered for the recruitment.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Solomon Arase, has expressed concern that of the over 843, 000 Nigerians that applied for the 10, 000 available slot, about 800, 000 applicants were suspected to be within the age of 30 and 34 years, whereas the Police service Commission (PSC) stipulated a maximum age of 28 in the application forms.
Speaking with pressmen in Abuja, the IGP said that most of the applicants will not get the job as they have failed the stipulated age limit. Surprised at the huge turnout of applications, the Police Chief said; “I never knew Nigerians would like the Police like this.”
He said the final process is going to be next month because all those that are uploading details are about 30, 34 (years). All those ones are too old and as such won’t be selected.
Therefore, a lot of all the 700,000 to 800, 000 (applications) will be knocked out when the system meets them because when one doesn’t meet the age or academic qualification/criterion, such is sorted out (applications are thrown out).
Solomon Arase further said that examinations will be held at the various states coming from the bottom to the top, and training of successful candidates would be decentralized to the six geo-political zones where he said good-enough facilities are available.
As at May 2, 2016 the Police Service Commission said it received 843,008 applications from applicants seeking enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force. The online recruitment portal was opened on April 1, 2016 and will close on May 13, 2016.
Press Head and Public Relations Officer of the PSC, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, disclosed that 243,327 applications were received for Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) cadre, while 197,990 and 401,691 applied for the Inspector and Police Constable (PC) cadres respectively.