Senate Asks Police to Stop Recruitment Process Over Irregularity

The Senate has demanded that the recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Nigeria Police Force, NPF, be suspended.
The Senate, it was gathered, cited irregularity in the criteria set for
the exercise. Senate Committee on Police gave the suspension order in a
letter it wrote to the Police Service Commission, PSC, last week and
also forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari.

After initial hiccups, the recruitment, which finally took off in
August, was discovered to be lopsided. Earlier, stakeholders had agreed
that the recruitment would be based on local government areas, Daily
Trust reports.

But the commission allegedly decided to base the exercise on equal
number per state, claiming orders from above. Already, the presidency
has reportedly directed the PSC Chairman, Mike Okiro, to explain the
flaw pointed out by the red chamber.

Reacting, PSC spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said the recruitment exercise
had not been suspended. Checks and recent events counter his position as
there had been no major news on the recruitment since applicants wrote
their aptitude tests late August.

An applicant of Akwa Ibom origin, who wrote the test, confirmed to DAILY
POST that neither he nor those he exchanged contact with have been
contacted.

“They told us they will invite us for the next stage, but nothing yet.
Last week, I called some guys I met at the venue and they too said they
have not received any update,” he disclosed.

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