President Muhammadu Buhari warns against irregularities in upcoming Police recruitment

President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that he will not tolerate any irregularities or extortion of money from unemployed Nigerians in the coming recruitment into the Nigerian police.

At a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission in the Presidential Villa, President Buhari said that applicants having to pay bribes before being accepted into the force in the past was totally unacceptable.

He told the officials that those in charge of recruitment and training in the Police must be above board and eschew every form of extortion and underhand dealing.

The President also directed the Inspector-General of Police to prune down the number of policemen attached to dignitaries, and redeploy all policemen withdrawn from that role to regular police duties, advising the Police Service Commission to review the current structure of the police, and make recommendations on how stagnation of policemen on a rank for many years can be solved to boost the morale of serving policemen.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police Affairs, James Obiegbu had, in his briefing to the President, listed inadequate police personnel, dwindling finances and non-rehabilitation of police training schools as some of the challenges facing the police.

On his part, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro said the country needed to have more than the 305,579 policemen and women which it has at present for effective policing and thanked President Buhari for approving the recruitment of 10,000 additional policemen and women for the force.

Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro.

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