Barely three weeks after the Police Service Commission, PSC, opened the portal for applications for 10,000 vacancies approved by the Federal Government, the commission has received 705,352 applications. Mr Solomon Arase Acting IGP President Muhammadu Buhari had, at last year’s National Security Summit, approved the recruitment of 10,000 policemen into the nation’s Police Force for better service. A statement signed by the commission’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Ani, said 202,427 had successfully applied for the position of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police, ASP; 169,446 for Cadet Inspector and 333,479 as Constables.
“The commission will be recruiting 500 Cadet Asps, 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables to meet the President’s approved 10,000 new entrants into the Force,” the statement said. Chairman of the Commission, Sir Mike Okiro, had earlier confirmed in Abuja that the process of receiving the forms had been smooth and transparent. He explained that the commission was committed to making the recruitment a huge success, adding that the commission would continue to make the process of the recruitment transparent.
He assured the applicants of fairness and equal opportunity since the commission was only interested in recruiting for the police the best brains in the society. Okiro said he was excited with the huge interest shown by Nigerians in entering the Police Force.
PSC vows to stop impunity by officers Meanwhile, the PSC has said it would ensure accountability in the conduct of police officers and vowed to stop impunity in the line of duty by the officers and men of the force. Justice Olufunlola Adekeye, retired Justice of the Supreme Court and a commissioner in the commission, stated this at a capacity building workshop for the commission’s Public Complaints Committee on Police Conduct, in Abuja.
Adekeye, who is also the chairman of the committee, said the commission would positively bridge the gap between the public and the police by holding the policemen accountable and ensuring they conducted their duties in line with laid down rules and regulations and in consonance with the rule of law. She disclosed that the committee had received 94 complaints from both the public and the police since it started sitting in November 2015, adding that the committee was already treating 23 of such cases.