Police recruitment: Please join Police, Police commission boss begs S/East youths

547,774 apply; 358,900 successful; 190,741 bounced; Anambra trails with 1664

The chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Solomon Arase, a retired Inspector General of Police, has begged South East youths to shed their indifference to Police work, shun anti-government criminal gangs, and insisting that embrace the Police service.

Dr. Arase made the call at the ongoing Retreat for Deveopment of Strategic Plan for the Police Service Commission and Review of Police Regulation Workshop holding in Benin, Edo State.

The Retreat is scheduled to be held from November 19th to 25th, 2023.

Arase decried the apathy of South East youths towards the ongoing Police recruitment which saw Ebonyi State with 2,132 applications, next to Anambra from the rear with 1,664 applications, while Abia is 5th from the rear, with 2,796 applications.

Other low-interest applications received include Lagos State with 2,324 applicants and Bayelsa state, 4th from the rear, with 2,651.

According to the Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Ikechukwu Ani, in a press release, dated Sunday, 19th 2023, the Police recruitment has just one week to closure of portal.

So far, 547, 774 applications were received; 358,900 were successful; while 190,741 applications were rejected, with Anambra maintaining the last position with 1664 applicants.

Mr. Ani stated: “Five hundred and seven thousand, seven hundred and seventy-four (547,774) applications for recruitment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force have so far been received in the Police Recruitment portal which closes next Sunday, November 26, 2023 which will be exactly the 6weeks mandatory requirement for such exercise by the Federal Character Commission.

“The Portal was opened on the 15th of October 2023, five weeks ago.

“Out of the 547,774 applicants, 358,900 were successful and have qualified for the next round of the recruitment process which includes the physical, credentials, medicals and strict background checks of the applicants.

“A total of 84,606 applicants were rejected for over age. 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 1664.

“Adamawa State is second with 36,398 applications; Borno State 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.”

Reacting to the development, Arase expressed his satisfaction with the number of applications already received.

He 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 its indifference to Police work, insisting that embracing anti-government criminal gangs will not lead them anywhere.

The Police Service Commission boss advised South East to show concern 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.