Police Confirm Corruption in 2022 Constable Recruitment

Nigeria Police Force

In a recent press release, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has highlighted significant irregularities and allegations of corruption in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise. The press statement, signed by Force Public Relations Officer ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on behalf of the Inspector-General of Police, detailed various anomalies in the recruitment process that have raised serious concerns.

The issues came to light following numerous complaints from candidates and stakeholders. Upon thorough examination of the list released on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal, the NPF discovered several disturbing discrepancies:

1. Numerous individuals listed as successful candidates had not applied for the recruitment exercise.
2. The list included candidates who had failed either the Computer Based Test (CBT) or the physical screening exercise, or both.
3. Individuals deemed medically unfit were inexplicably included as successful candidates.
4. Allegations of financial dealings and corrupt practices have led to unqualified individuals being shortlisted.

ALSO READ  End Gender Violence: GIDCOWAY, WILPF Others Collaborate for Change

In response to these findings, the Inspector-General of Police formally objected to the list in a letter dated June 10, 2024, addressed to the Chairman of the PSC. The letter emphasized that while the PSC has the authority to recruit for the police, this power does not extend to recruiting unqualified individuals. The IGP warned that the inclusion of unqualified recruits could lead to inefficiency within the police force, for which the police would ultimately be held responsible.

The NPF has dissociated itself from the published list and called for a transparent and credible review of the recruitment process. The press release also recalled the formation of a Joint Recruitment Board, intended to oversee the process. However, it noted that the Board was effectively sidelined, and the final list was issued without its consent.

ALSO READ  Breaking news: Nigeria Popular Gospel singer is dead

The Nigeria Police Force has urged for a comprehensive review to ensure that only qualified, competent, and trainable individuals are recruited. This aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for police reform.

“We are not unconcerned about the plights and ordeals of prospective recruits who have been subjected to rigorous screening exercises. It is our commitment to ensure that the process is thoroughly reviewed and successful for the betterment of the Nigeria Police and the country,” ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi stated.

This development underscores the ongoing challenges in reforming the recruitment process within the Nigeria Police Force and the need for stringent oversight to prevent future occurrences of such irregularities.

ALSO READ  Nigerian Air Force Sells Presidential Falcon 900B Jet