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Recruitment: PSC Rejects 188,874 Applications

A total of 188,874 applications have been rejected by the Police Service Commission in the ongoing recruitment into the constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force.

The spokesman for the commission, Ikechukwu Ani, who disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, said so far, a total of 547,774  applications had been received in the police recruitment portal, which closes next Sunday, November 26, after it was opened on October 15.

Ani said 84,606 applicants were rejected for being overage.

Ani noted that Kaduna State maintained its first position as the state with the highest number of applicants with 40,272 while  Anambra had the lowest number with 1,664.

He said, “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.

“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 fifth, Bauchi State with 30,604 is sixth while Kano with 30,004 is seventh.

“Ebonyi State with 2,132 applications is next to Anambra from the rear, followed by Lagos State with 2,324 applicants. Bayelsa State is fourth from the rear with 2,651 while  Abia has 2,796 and fifth from the rear.”

The statement quoted the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr Solomon Arase, as expressing his satisfaction with the number of applications already received.

“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,” the statement added.

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