The Police Service Commission (PSC), yesterday, said it has, so far, received 705,352 applications from applicants seeking to join the Nigerian Police Force in the recently advertised 10,000 vacancies into the service.
The commission, in a statement, said a breakdown of the applications it received showed that 202, 427 candidates applied for the position of Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), 169,446, for the position of Cadet Inspector and 333,479 for the position of Constables.
This was even as the commission has promised to ensure a free, fair and equal opportunity for all applicants to ensure that only the best are recruited into the police force.
Head of Press and Public Relations of PSC, Ikechukwu Ani said, of the number, the commission would be recruiting 500 Cadet ASPs, 500 Cadet Inspectors, 1,500 Specialist Officers and 7, 500 Constables to meet President Muhammadu Buhari’s approved 10,000 new entrants into the force.
Ani, who said the recruitment exercise has been smooth so far, said Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Mike Mbama Okiro, was committed to making the recruitment exercise a huge success, adding that the commission would continue to make the process of the recruitment transparent.
Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, yesterday, in Kaduna, warned men and officers of Nigerian Police Force (NPF) against violation of human rights during their encounter with Nigerian populace on a daily basis.
The IGP, stated this at the opening session of a four-day regional based human rights training of trainers workshop for instructors from training institutions in northern region.
The workshop, according to him, is expected to look at array of human rights issues including access to information and accountability, speeding up criminal justice process and human rights, rights of person under detention and prevention of torture, human rights and policing elections, gender and human rights, use of force and firearms.
The IGP, who was represented by Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of training and development, AIG Olufemi Adenaike, while fielding questions from newsmen reiterated the commitment of the police not to spare any of their men or officers found guilty of any human rights abuse.
He further emphasised that the fundamental duties of a police officer include, serving the community, safeguarding lives and property, protecting the innocent, keeping the peace and ensuring the rights of all to liberty, equality and justice, adding that anything in contrary may amount to violation of human right… I wish to express my sincere gratitude to the organisation’s Executive Director, Dr. Uju Agomoh, who is also the coordinator of the project,” he added.