PSC Commences Recruitment of 6,000 Police Personnel

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*Kaduna, Katsina, Benue, Niger top states with highest applicants 

By Paul Obi in Abuja

The Police Service Commission (PSC) Thursday said it will next week commence the recruitment of 6,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police.

The move follows President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the police to recruit additional 6,000 personnel.

Buhari had during his trip to the United States (US) held bilateral talks with US President Donald Trump, where he revealed that he had directed that 6,000 additional police personnel be recruited to beef up security and stem the incessant cases of herdsmen killings in the country.

According to PSC Head of Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, “The recruitment of 6,000 Nigerians into the Nigeria Police Force as constables will commence on Monday, May 7th in the 36 State Police Command headquarters and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“The exercise will start with screening of the applicant’s physical attributes and their credentials.”

According to him, “Already, invitations have been sent to the applicants who are expected to report at the screening venues on days indicated in their invitations.

“A total of 133,324 applicants are expected to be screened during the exercise.

“Kaduna State has the highest number of applicants with a total of 6,962, while Lagos has the least with a total of 1,013. Katsina with a total of 6,676 has the second highest applicants followed by Benue and Niger with 6,474 and 6,409 respectively.”

“Bayelsa has the second least of 1,097 applicants followed by Anambra that has 1,117 and Ebonyi with 1,303.

“The Police Service Commission has deployed its staff to the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT with Dr. Mike Okiro, Chairman of the Commission as the National Coordinator,” he added.

Also, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus, warned that “the commission will sanction any staff found to be compromising this national assignment”.

“All staff must resist all forms of undue influences as their activities would be closely monitored,” he said.