Recall that it was reported on Friday, 13th of October, 2023, that the Police Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) announced the commencement of recruitment of interested and qualified Nigerians into the force as constable (recruits).
The recruitment announcement brings the over four years fierce legal battle between the PSC and the NPF to an end.
The PSC and NPF had been having disagreement on who should be responsible for the recruitment following the approval given by former President Muhammadu Buhari to recruit 10,000 police constables each year for six years.
Supreme Court ruled about three months ago, in favour of the PSC to solely take the responsibility of recruiting officers on the rank of constables for the Nigeria Police Force.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that following his assumption of office, the Chairman of the PSC, Solomon Arase, in April, 2023 ruled out further rift between the commission and the Nigeria Police Force over recruitment of police constables into the force.
Speaking during the inauguration, Arase promised that the exercise would commence in no distant time, adding that it was coming on the heels of the presidential approval for the annual recruitment of 10,000 personnel into the Force.
Members of the board, who were inaugurated at the headquarters of the commission has the Commissioner representing South-East Zone at the PSC, Onyemuche Nnamani, as the Chairman, while Olabode Akinbamilowo, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, will serve as the Secretary.
The PSC, in a newspaper advert published on Friday, announced the commencement of the recruitment process for qualified individuals into the rank of Police Constables in the General Duty and Specialist Cadres.
The acting Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun issued a strong charge to all applicants, urging them to exercise vigilance and caution throughout the application process.
The statement was signed by the Force Public Relations Officer, ACP Olumiyiwa Adejobi.
It reads, “The Police Recruitment Board is set to open the application portal on October 15, 2023, marking the beginning of an essential phase in enhancing the Force’s capabilities and effectiveness.
“The online application portal will be opened for the period of six weeks from 15th October to 26th November 2023, where prospective applicants are required to complete the online application forms and submit same within the specified period via www.apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng
“Applicants shall be of Nigerian origin by birth and must possess the National Identification Number (NIN) with a minimum of 5 credits in not more than 2 sittings in WAEC/NECO or its equivalent with credit passes in English and Mathematics, and aged between 18-25 years for General Duty, and 18-28 years for Specialists; medically, physically, and psychologically fit and must not be less than 1.67m tall for male and 1.64m tall for female, with not less than 86cm (34 inches) expanded chest measurement (for male only). Applicants must be free from any financial embarrassment and not convicted of any criminal offence.”