Police Confirms 2022 Constable Recruitment Process Marred With Irregularities, Corruption

Date: 15-06-2024 4:34 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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The Nigeria Police Force has flagged significant irregularities and alleged corruption in the recently released list of successful candidates for the 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise. The announcement follows numerous complaints from candidates and stakeholders about the legitimacy of the selection process.

In a detailed press release, the Force highlighted several critical issues discovered upon scrutinizing the recruitment list published on the Police Service Commission (PSC) portal:

1. **Non-Applicants Listed**: Many names on the list belong to individuals who did not apply or participate in the recruitment process.
2. **Failed Candidates Included**: The list includes candidates who failed the Computer Based Test (CBT), physical screening, or both.
3. **Medically Unfit Candidates**: Some candidates who were disqualified for being medically unfit were nevertheless listed as successful.
4. **Alleged Financial Dealings**: There are allegations of financial corruption, resulting in unqualified and untrainable individuals being shortlisted.

Inspector General of Police (IGP) on June 10, 2024, formally objected to the list in a letter addressed to the PSC Chairman, citing these irregularities. The IGP's objection underscores the police's responsibility to ensure recruits are qualified and capable, in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s vision for police reform.

The IGP emphasized that while the Supreme Court has ruled that the PSC holds recruitment authority, this does not extend to enlisting unqualified individuals. The police, bearing the burden of such recruits' inefficiency, dissociated itself from the flawed list and called for a transparent review.

The Police Service Commission, after the Supreme Court ruling, had established a Joint Recruitment Board led by a PSC Commissioner, with the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development as its Secretary. However, this Board was reportedly sidelined, and the final list was published without its consent.

The Nigeria Police Force stressed the need for a complete overhaul of the recruitment process to ensure only qualified, competent, and trainable candidates are selected. This commitment aligns with the broader goals of police reform under President Tinubu's administration.

**ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi**, the Force Public Relations Officer, reiterated the NPF's dedication to addressing the concerns of prospective recruits who underwent rigorous screening, promising a thorough and fruitful review process for the betterment of the Nigeria Police and the nation.

PRESS RELEASE

POLICE CONFIRMS 2022 CONSTABLE RECRUITMENT PROCESS MARRED WITH IRREGULARITIES, ALLEGED CORRUPTION

Calls for Review as Recruitment List Flooded with Non-Applicants


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The Nigeria Police Force has raised alarm on the irregularities and alleged corruption of the recently released names of successful candidates in the ongoing 2022/23 Police Constables Recruitment Exercise. This became necessary upon being inundated with a series of complaints and allegations of corruption raised by unsuspecting candidates and stakeholders on the irregularities that marred the exercise most especially the disappearance of the names of screened candidates who were successful to the last stage.

Upon careful scrutiny of the list released on the PSC portal, it was discovered that
i) Several names of persons purported to be names of successful candidates are those who did not even apply and therefore did not take part in the recruitment exercise.
ii) The published list contains several names of candidates who failed either the Computer Based Test (CBT) or the physical screening exercise or both.
iii) There are those who made it to the last stage of the exercise but were disqualified having been found Medically unfit through the standardised medical test but who also made the list of successful candidates as published by the PSC.
vi) Most worrisome is the allegation of financial dealings and corrupt practices leading to the outcome where unqualified and untrainable individuals have been shortlisted.

The Inspector General of Police had on 10th June 2024 written a letter of objection to the list addressed to the Chairman of the Commission, citing the discoveries listed above. The reaction of the IGP was without prejudice to the power of the Commission to recruit for the police as ruled by the Supreme court but this power does not include the power to recruit unqualified and untrained individuals for the police. Noting that it is the police that bears the brunt of recruitment of unqualified individuals and not the PSC. The same people who recruited anyhow for the police today will turn round to accuse the police tomorrow of inefficiency when their recruits start messing up.
The Police therefore has since dissociated itself from the published list and called for a review that will be transparent and credible.

It will be recalled that the leadership of the Police Service Commission, after the pronouncement of the Supreme Court ruling on the powers of the Commission to recruit for the Police, constituted a Joint Recruitment Board, to be headed by one of the Commissioners of the PSC, with the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of Training and Development in the Police Force as its Secretary. But surprisingly, the Board was crippled and never allowed to carry out its mandate, insomuch that even the final list was not consented to by the Board.

The Nigeria Police Force therefore takes exception to this unpleasant development and calls for a total review of the process with a view to recruiting qualified, competent, trainable and productive hands into the Nigeria Police Force, in line with the vision of His Excellency President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's led administration on police reform.

The NPF hereby reiterates that we are not unconcerned about the plights and ordeals of prospective recruits, who have been subjected to all forms of rigorous screening exercise, assuring that it is our commitment to ensure that the process is thoroughly reviewed, stands fruitful and successful for the betterment of the Nigeria Police, and by extension the country.

ACP OLUMUYIWA ADEJOBI, mnipr, mipra, fCAI,
FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER,
FOR: INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE

15th June, 2024


Posted: at 15-06-2024 04:34 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- angesco at 15-06-2024 04:38 PM (1 month ago)
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“CORRUPTION” is the surname of the entire Nigeria Police Force!
Posted: at 15-06-2024 04:38 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- gogoman at 15-06-2024 04:41 PM (1 month ago)
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evil people did it
Posted: at 15-06-2024 04:41 PM (1 month ago) | Grande Master
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- Jiiitk4 at 15-06-2024 04:58 PM (1 month ago)
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Any applicant from North shortlisted is either a terrorist or a rehabilitated one. Take note.
Posted: at 15-06-2024 04:58 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Dopybadass at 15-06-2024 07:20 PM (1 month ago)
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Quote from: angesco on 15-06-2024 04:38 PM
“CORRUPTION” is the surname of the entire Nigeria Police Force!
Grin Grin Grin
Posted: at 15-06-2024 07:20 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
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- kp45 at 15-06-2024 08:43 PM (1 month ago)
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80% of my person while 20% are true candidate.
Posted: at 15-06-2024 08:43 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
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