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Police Commission Shortlists 338, 227 Candidates For Employment Screening

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced it has shortlisted a total of 338, 227 candidates out of 911,438 applications it received.

Chairman of the Commission, Sir. Mike Okiro, who made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja, revealed that screening of successful applicants would begin Monday, June 6, 2016, in the 36 states of the Federation and FCT.

While giving the breakdown, the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) explained that 44,661 candidates were shortlisted for the post of cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police; 87,736 for cadet Inspector and 205,830 for Police Constables.

He noted that the initial short listing was electronically conducted, adding that invitation letters were also sent to successful applicants through SMS and to their personal email addresses.

Mr. Okiro also warned applicants to be wary of fake letters from quacks. He clarified that the invitation sent contained date and venue for each candidate’s screening.

The PSC boss also indicated that all applicants would be grouped according to their local government areas with respective dates for their screening.

Sir Okiro explained that the approach adopted was to check overcrowding at the venue and ensuring a thorough exercise.

He also declared that no applicant would be admitted into any venue or appear on any date other than those specially allocated.

Okiro added after the screening, successful candidates would be invited to a zonal screening to be held in the 12 Police zonal headquarters in the country. The National interview he added would hold in Abuja for successful candidates at the zonal screening.

PSC Chairman said the agency was transparent in every stage of the exercise, including the filling and submission of forms. He maintained that PSC would be guided by the rules, fair, transparent as well as ensure that the process is “merit-driven”.

“As a commission, we have collectively and individually swore to make this project a huge success. The Nigeria Police needs the best, especially now that the nation is engaged in several battles” Okiro stressed.

President Muhammadu Buhari directed the Police authority early this year to recruit 10,000 police officers. The President then disclosed that the policy was in line with his political campaign.

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