Recruitment: IGP suspends entry requirements for applicants

The Inspector-General of Police (IG) Mohammed Adamu on Monday ordered that entry requirements be waved for applicants into the constable cadre of the Nigeria Police.

The police on Monday kicked-off the screening of applicants for 10,000 slots nationwide.

President Muhammadu Buhari had declared that an additional 40, 000 policemen would be added to the NPF  in phases of 10,000 over a period of four years.

Force Public Relations Officer Frank Mba had explained that all applicants were expected to appear at the screening centers with their duly completed guarantors forms, National Identity Numbers (NIN); original and duplicate copies of their credentials, comprising O’ Level results, certificates  of origin and birth or declaration of age.

During the screening yesterday, spokesman of one of the state Police commands had said that applicants with bad dentition, bow legs, knock-knees, flat foot, married women, or expectant mother would be shut out.

He also said that persons not within the 17-25 age bracket, as well as those below 1.5 feet tall for women and 1.7ft for men would be screened out.

But in a police signal sighted last night by The Nation, the IG directed that no candidate should be disqualified irrespective of their physical appearance, age and qualification.

Adamu said all applicants who successfully submitted their applications online should be attended to by the screening committees of the state commands.

The wireless message sighted on Monday, read, “Inspector-General of Police directs that you attend to all applicants who successfully submitted their online applications to police recruitment portal irrespective of their physical appearance, age and qualification. You are not to disqualify any applicant for any reason whatsoever.

“Note that your recommendation for each applicant will serve as a guide to ascertaining the suitability or otherwise of each applicant. Ensure that the entire process is transparent and devoid of corruption and closely monitor activities of ICT personnel and other members of the team for strict compliance, please.”

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