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We will be very thorough in recruiting policemen – Police Service Commission



The Police Service Commission (PSC) has said it will be thorough in the screening of applicants for the recruitment of additional 10,000 policemen and women into the Police.

Chairman of the commission, Mr Mike Okiro, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

Okiro said that the commission had worked out modalities for the exercise.

“We have worked out modalities for the planned recruitment into the police force,” he said.

He explained that the exercise could not take place immediately after the directive because it was not captured in the 2015 budget.

“Because there was no provision in this year’s budget, we could not begin the recruitment immediately when the directive was given. Once their payment was put in place, we will begin recruitment. We are ready for the exercise,” he said.

Okiro said that the commission would try to avoid the mistake of 1999 exercise when thieves and armed robbers were recruited.

“We expect to have better policemen during the exercise unlike in 1999 recruitment when we had all sorts of people recruited into the police force.
“But this time around, we are going to take precaution to make sure that people coming in are well screened,” he said.

He advised members of the public to disregard any social media advert calling for people to pay money for forms.

“I was told that some fraudsters have been putting up advert in the social media calling for people to pay money for recruitment.

“Anybody who sees such advert should know that it is a fraud. When we start, people would not pay, because it is free.

President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the commission to recruit 10,000 policemen to boost the number of the force.