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The Police Service Commission has on Tuesday confirmed the recruitment of 925 persons whose recruitment process into the Police Force were illegal.
The PSC had earlier rejected their appointment of these candidates in a recruitment exercise of 1,000 constables because they did not formally apply for the job, and did not go through the stages and processes of recruitment which includes screening, aptitude test and medical examinations.
Ikechukwu Ani, Spokesperson of the PSC through a press statement said the commission had to change its stance in the nation’s interest because the illegal candidates had gone through weapon training.
The statement reads:
“The commission wishes to clarify that it had to bend backwards to accommodate the list of these candidates even after the Court of Appeal gave judgment in favour of the commission nullifying the hijack of the recruitment exercise by the Nigeria Police Force,” the statement read.
“The Appeal Court judgment which is still subsisting had declared the exercise null and void and returned the constitutional powers of the commission to recruit all persons into the Nigeria Police Force.
“It is also necessary to clarify that in the cause of screening of the list of the 10,000 successful candidates, the commission discovered that 925 persons never applied for recruitment and did not go through the stages and processes of recruitment. These included screening, aptitude test and medical examinations.”
Ani said the commission has screened 925 persons, adding that successful candidates have been absorbed into the force.
“The commission however in the overall interest of the nation and considering that resources had been expended in the training of these candidates and that these candidates had been exposed to weapon and weaponry decided to rescreen them,” it said.
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