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Group absolves JAMB of bias An Abuja-based non-governmental organisation, Lygel Youths and Leadership Initiatives (LYLI) has posited that the list of successful candidates in the police recruitment test recently conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has absolved the government of allegations that candidates were tested in Arabic language.

Executive Director, Mr. Lekan Oladapo, who spoke against the backdrop of claims that the candidates were tested in Arabic said the geographical distribution of the successful candidates showed that all the geo-political zones are duly represented.

Oladapo, while breaking down the performance said, “Out of the total 5,253 successful candidates released by the Police Service Commission, southern zone produced 2,374 representing 45.2 per cent, northern zone 2,840 representing 54.2 per cent while the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, produced 42 candidates, representing 0.8 per cent of the total successful candidates.

He said; “If you break it further, you would realise that each of the states is well represented. For instance, in the southeast where we have Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo, the successful candidates were 114, 146, 91, 119, 181 respectively whereas in the Northeast, we have Adamawa with 140, Bauchi (133), Borno (189), Yobe (110), Gombe (75) and Taraba with 112.

“The situation is the same across other states of the federation. Is it therefore, not wrong for anyone to accuse JAMB of engaging in religious or ethnic biases? The list is open for everyone to see.”

The group has, therefore, advised Nigerians to address issues without sentiments and stop creating avoidable crisis.The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) had accused the federal government of making Arabic language compulsory for all applicants shortlisted for recruitment into the Nigeria Police Force.In a statement by its National President, Rev Samson Ayokunle the body had demanded an evidence of cancellation of the aptitude test, which was organised by JAMB and held in 156 centres across the country.


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