Screening for police recruitment: I did not suspend applicants’ entry criteria – IGP

Screening for police recruitment: I did not suspend applicants' entry criteria – IGPScreening for police recruitment: I did not suspend applicants’ entry criteria – IGP

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Adamu has denied claims that he has ordered candidates who have applied to join the Nigerian Police Force as police constables in the ongoing recruitment screening exercise to suspend entry requirements.
Adamu said Nigeria Police Force ‘s statutory entry requirements remained sacrosanct and would be strictly pursued in the ongoing screening exercise for police recruitment.

In a statement released by DCP Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, the IGP claimed that the need to reassure Nigerians became important following news reports that it had suspended candidates’ entry requirements in some parts of the media  who applied to join the Nigeria Police Force as Police constables.The IGP, while noting that no one has the power to alter the requirements for recruitment into the Force – as clearly specified in Sections 71 – 75 and other applicable sections of the Police Act and Regulations – announced that from 24 August 202 all candidates who have successfully completed the online recruitment exercise were invited for physical and credential screening“The screening Officers have been directed to allow all the applicants to participate in the exercise and to recommend their suitability or otherwise in the spirit of transparency, accountability and fair hearing using the already established benchmarks as contained in the Act,” he said.

The IGP commended the screening officers for the hitch-free take-off of the screening exercise at various locations across the country, while calling on them to maintain a high degree of professionalism and practice appropriate caution during the exercise duration in compliance with the COVID-19 prevention regulations.

The declaration, meanwhile, as part of deliberate efforts to improve the credibility of the recruitment process, invited observers and inspectors from the Ministry of Police Affairs, the Police Service Commission and the Federal Character Commission to provide oversight to ensure a credible exercise.

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