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Police recruitment: 115 to face prosecution for certificate forgery, impersonation


Mike Okiro

Mike Okiro

…Commission Shortlists 110,469 For Aptitude Test

The Police Service Commission (PSC) has shortlisted 110,469 applicants for the next phase of assessment to fill the 10,000 Police vacancies approved by the President last year.

The commission is also to prosecute over 115 applicants for certificate forgery and other offences.

Chairman of the commission, Mr. Mike Okiro, who made this know yesterday in Abuja during at a press briefing, disclosed that out of the 338,250 applicants earlier shortlisted for screening in June, 227,781 were screened out for the next phase.

Okiro noted that efforts of the commission to adhere strictly to the terms of qualification and physical features required resulted to the pruning of the numbers.

He said most of the candidates were either over-age or altered, falsified or forged the documents they brought forward, while other had “physical features, like height, chest, eyes, bow-legged, tattoo marks, as well as year of graduation, class of degree or Diploma, certificate of origin of local government/state, First School Leaving Certificate.”

He said the aptitude test would commence on Monday in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and would run for three days for the different cadres required.

Okiro disclosed that 22,454, comprising 10,290 general duties and 12,164 specialist applicants, have being shortlisted for the Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP); 24,456 Cadet Inspectors, comprising 11,639 for general duties and 12,817 are specialists; 63,559 Constables, comprising 40,492 for general duties; and 23,067 for specialists.

While explaining that the commission is desirous to sustain the integrity of the exercise, Okiro said: “Some of the applicants took us for granted, as over 15 were arrested for breaches ranging from forged documents, impersonation among others.

“They were handed over to the Police for investigation and prosecution.”

He said the commission decided that the recruitment process would be transparently done, with equal opportunities to all Nigerians, but guided by the rules, as the process would be merit driven.

“We would apply the federal character principle, as constitutionally provided, but merit would also be given a percentage for those who do exceptionally well in the exams,” he said.

Recruitment into the Police was last carried out five years ago in 2011 and with most of the junior ranking officers due for promotion to the next rank, recruitment, especially for constables, had become expedient, as the Force, as presently constituted, has no officer of the rank of constable.

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