Yemi Akinsuyi in Abuja
The recruitment of 10,000 policemen by the Police Service Commission (PSC) begins nationwide on today.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last year at the National Security Summit in Abuja directed the recruitment of 10,000 Nigerians into the Force to address the obvious shortfall in the manpower needs of the police.
Speaking on the recruitment exercise yesterday in Abuja, the PSC Chairman, Mike Okiro warned the commission workers who would be involved in the screening of candidates to avoid any act that may compromise the integrity of the exercise.
Okiro said any worker involved in any misconduct during the exercise will be sanctioned in line with the Public Service Rules and may be prosecuted for sabotage.
He admonished the workers to live above board “as the commission is ready to make a huge success of this presidential assignment in line with its resolution to discharge its duties within the ambit of the law, transparently, and according to laid down rules.”
Okiro also warned the candidates to desist from indulging or inducing the workers of the commission, stressing that anyone caught will be arrested and prosecuted.
He explained that the Nigeria Police Force deserved the best brains in the Nigerian society, stressing that the PSC would ensure that only the best would be engaged as policemen.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Police Force has acquired 4,388 housing units in 22 housing estates across the country for purchase by its personnel.
The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, who disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, stated that 700 housing units were acquired under his administration, while 2,291 were under various stages of construction.
Speaking during the inauguration of the NPF Brick City Housing Estate, Kubwa, Abuja, the IG said the Estates were acquired by the Nigeria Police Cooperative Multipurpose Society Limited, which was established in 1977 to develop and improve the welfare of police officers.
He said the houses were allocated to policemen through a reasonable mortgage arrangement, noting that police officers across various cadres had benefitted from the housing scheme.
Arase said the Brick City Estate consists of 96 units of one bedroom flat, 40 units of two-bedroom, 44 units of two-bedroom semi-detached , 56 units of two-bedroom semi-detached, and 24 three bedroom bungalows.
He stated that the estate was