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Friday, 21 August 2015

Don’t Extort Money From Recruits, Buhari Warns Police

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that he will not tolerate any irregularities or extortion from the unemployed as the Federal Government plans to beef police workforce with 10,000 new recruits.

The President has also directed the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, to reduce the number of policemen attached to dignitaries, and redeploy them to regular police duties.

This is even as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), and retired IGP, Sir Mike Okiro‎, said Nigeria is in deficit of 19,500 policemen, adding  that the recruitment of 10,000 personnel as promised by President Buhari on Monday, would not be immediate.

The President gave the warning at a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission (PSC), at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja, yesterday.

He said it was unacceptable a situation where applicants pay bribes before being recruited into the force in the past.

The President said those in charge of recruitment and training in the police must be above board and eschew every form of extortion and underhand dealing.
“You must ensure that the recruitment process is transparent. Those who will conduct it must be above board. It should not be heard that they receive gratifications or extort money from those who want to enlist in the police,” he cautioned.

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