Police Recruitment: PSC Declines 84,606 Applications
By Matthew Eloyi
The ongoing recruitment exercise into the Constable Cadre of the Nigeria Police Force has seen the Police Service Commission (PSC) rejecting a total of 84,606 applications.
In a statement on Sunday, the Commission’s Spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, revealed that 547,774 applications had been received on the Police Recruitment portal, which is set to close next Sunday, November 26, 2023. The portal opened on October 15, 2023.
Kaduna State maintains its leading position with the highest number of applicants, totalling 40,272, while Anambra has the lowest number at 1,664.
According to the statement, “Out of the 547,774 applicants, 358,900 were successful and have qualified for the next round of the recruitment process, which includes physical assessments, credential verification, medical examinations, and strict background checks.
“A total of 84,606 applicants were rejected for overage. Applicants are expected to be between the ages of 18 and 25.
“Kaduna State maintained its first position as the state with the highest number of applicants with 40,272, with Anambra still stuck in the last position with 1,664. Adamawa State is second with 36,398 applications, and Borno State is third with 32,048. Benue State with 31,122 is fourth, Katsina State with 30,202 is 5th, Bauchi State with 30,604 is 6th while Kano with 30,004 is 7th.
“Ebonyi State with 2132 applications is next to Anambra from the rear, followed by Lagos State with 2324 applicants. Bayelsa state is 4th from the rear with 2651 while Abia has 2796 and 5th from the rear.”
The statement quoted the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, expressing satisfaction with the number of applications received. It added, “He (Arase) observed that it is obvious that Nigerian youths have decided to show incredible interest in pursuing a career in the Nigeria Police, a development he said augurs well for the ‘new Police we are building.’
“He appealed once again to the youths of the South-East to change their indifference to Police work, insisting that embracing anti-government criminal gangs will not lead them anywhere.
“He advised that they should be concerned about what becomes of the region in the future as no development can thrive in terror-ravaged communities.
“He noted that the commission will do its best to ensure that the recruitment is strictly based on defined criteria with merit and justice prevalent throughout the processes.”