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Police parade suspected kidnapper, murderer of Delta monarch, 48 others

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Obi Edward Ofulue III

Obi Edward Ofulue III

• ‘10,000 recruits to undergo lie detection test’

The Police at the Force Headquarters have paraded a member of the kidnapping gang that abducted and allegedly killed the Obi of Ubulu-Uku, Obi Edward Ofulue III. Eight other suspected kidnappers were also arrested in Delta State.

Also, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Command has paraded 41 persons suspected of perpetrating different criminal activities in the nation’s capital.The Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Don Awunah, while parading the suspects, said Umar Mohammed was arrested at Abraka Market area of Asaba in Delta State when he was identified by one of the victims that escaped from the kidnappers that abducted and eventually killed the monarch.

Asked to explain his role, the suspect denied knowing what his arrest was all about. Awunah said eight other suspected kidnappers were arrested at the point of collecting the ransom, while others were trailed and apprehended in neighbouring cities.

Meanwhile, the Force PRO said the10,000 successful applicants that would be eventually recruited into the Nigeria Police Force at the completion of their screening exercise would be subjected to compulsory polygraph test.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, Awunah said the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, had directed that the candidates would undergo a compulsory lie detection test to ascertain the integrity of the new intakes.

He said: “Candidates in the ongoing recruitment exercise would be subjected to compulsory polygraph test (lie detector test) 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 statement reads in part: “The polygraph test is aimed at ensuring that candidates are not of questionable character and that they behave according to the expected standards for an officer to be recruited into the Force.

“The Police Academy and other training colleges across the country will be equipped to carry out the necessary tests. The Nigeria Police Force is determined to ensure that the current recruitment exercise conforms with acceptable standards necessary for an ideal police officer the Nigerian people deserve.”


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