Just under three weeks after the Police Service Commission opened the portal for applications for the 10, 000 vacancies approved by the federal government, the Commission on Tuesday disclosed it has received 705,352 applications from applicants who are seeking employment into the Force.
President Muhammadu Buhari at last year’s National Security Summit had approved the recruitment of 10,000 police men into the nation’s Police Force to reinforce the Nigeria Police for better service. A statement from the Commission signed by Ikechukwu Ani, Spokesman, gave a breakdown of the applications showing that “202, 427 applicants have successfully applied for the position of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), 169,446, for the position of Cadet Inspector and 333,479 for the position of Constables.
“The Commission will be recruiting 500 Cadet Asps, 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables to meet the President’s approved 10,000 new entrants into the Force”. Chairman of the Commission, Sir Mike Mbama Okiro, (rtd) IGP, had earlier confirmed in Abuja that the process of receiving the forms has been smooth and transparent.
He explained that the Commission is committed to making the recruitment exercise a huge success, adding that the Commission will continue to make the process of the recruitment transparent. He assured the applicants of fairness and equal opportunity since the Commission is only interested in recruiting for the Police, the best brains in the society. Okiro said he is excited with the huge interest shown by Nigerians in entering the Police Force.
PSC vows to stop impunity by officers
Meanwhile, the Police Service Commission has said it will ensure accountability in the conduct of Police Officers just as it vowed to stop impunity in the line of duty of the Officers and Men of the Force.
Justice Olufunlola Adekeye, retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Commissioner in the Commission conveyed the Commission’s position at a Capacity Building Workshop for the Commission’s Public Complaints Committee on Police Conduct, held in Abuja. Justice Adekeye who is also the Chairman of the Committee said the Commission will positively bridge the gap between the public and the Police through holding the Police accountable and ensuring that they conduct their duties in line with laid down rules and regulations and in consonance with the rule of law.
She disclosed that the Committee has received 94 complaints from both the public and the Police since it started sitting in November 2015, adding that the Committee is already treating 23 of such cases.
The Committee Chairman commended Justice For All (J4A), an organ of the Department For International Development (DFID), for collaborating with the Commission in organizing the workshop and requested that the capacity building should be a continuous exercise so as to achieve the required result. Professor Olu Ogunshakin and Kemi Okenyodo, Consultants with Justice for All facilitated the Workshop.