Dele Ogbodo in Abuja
The Police Service Commission (PSC) yesterday released the names of the 10,000 successful candidates who sat for the examination into the Nigeria Police Force (NPF).
President Muhammadu Buhari had early this year directed that the PSC commence the recruitment of 10,000 young Nigerians into the Force because of the shortage of capacity within the system.
In a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Public Relations, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, in Abuja, he said the recruitment was based on merit and federal character.
The statement read: “This has conclusively completed the recruitment of the general duty applicants made up of 500 Cadet Assistant Superintendents of Police (ASP), 500 cadet inspectors and, 7,500 constables.”
The statement added that it had concluded the recruitment of 80 per cent of 1,500 specialists expected to be recruited into the Force and have also shortlisted applicants who applied for some disciplines that require further professional/expert interview.
These disciplines, the statement stressed include engineering, laboratory scientists and technicians and community health officers, adding that date for the interview will soon be communicated to the shortlisted candidates.
On the criteria used for the exercise, it said: “The recruitment exercise was based on merit, federal character and geographical spread, adding that all the successful candidates went through the processes put in place for the exercise.
“The commission in accordance with extant rules and its guidelines placed advertisements in several national dailies inviting suitably qualified candidates. The adverts ran for six weeks.
“At the end of the six weeks period, a total of 911,438 applications comprising 262,462 applicants for cadet ASPs, 211,832 applicants for cadet inspectors and 437,144 applicants for constables were received electronically.
“A total of 338,250 applicants were later shortlisted also electronically and invited for screening at the state commands of the NPF. This figure was made up of 44,684 shortlisted for Cadet ASPs, 87,736 for cadet inspectors and 205,830 for constables,” the statement said.
This process, according to the statement was followed through from command zone and finally the national level where the successful candidates were selected.
The commission advised applicants who sat for the recruitment examination to check its website:www.psc.gov.ng for further details.