PoliceNo Favouritism in Police Recruitment -IGP Baba


ABUJA — The Nigeria Police Force has again restated unequivocally that the recruitment process of the Force was merit-based and not favouritism of any kind.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Usman Baba in a statement issued by the Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi on Sunday in Abuja, pledged to continually intensify efforts in upholding the sanctity and standards of modern policing in the country.

“Applicants who met the legal requirements for the physical screening were subjected to a Computer-Based Test (CBT), set and organized by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC).

Baba said after the CBT, successful applicants were also subjected to Medical Screening to confirm their fitness to take up the policing duty.

“After the recruitment process comprises a physical screening of all applicants who expressed interest in serving with the force by filling the application form online without any charge attached.

“Those who have successfully passed these processes are collated and an equal number of them, prioritizing the best amongst them, per Local Government Area (LGA) are selected.

“The process ensures that only those suited for the job are amongst the final individuals from whom the required 10,000 are selected,” the statement said.

The Federal Government said 40, 000 police officers were recruited in the last four years, in an effort to re-energise and improve the personnel of the force to tackle increasing security challenges in the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari made this known while declaring open a two-day retreat for Senior Police Officers in Uyo, on Tuesday.

Buhari, who was represented by the Minister of Police Affairs, Dr Maigari Dingyadi, said the federal government also granted assent to the Nigerian Police Trust Fund Act and carried out an upward review of salaries and allowances of the rank and file, in a bid to boost the morale of the Force.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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