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Police Recruitment: Arase Warns Against Collecting Money From Applicants, Families

The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mr Solomon Arase, cautioned officials tasked with recruiting new Constables against soliciting money from applicants and their families. Arase, a former Inspector-General of Police, delivered this warning during a briefing before the commencement of the screening process nationwide.

The commission’s spokesperson, Mr Ikechukwu Ani, shared this information in a statement on Sunday.

Arase emphasized that the recruitment isn’t solely a selection process but a defense of the commission’s authority and a display of its capability. He strongly condemned the act of taking money from applicants or their families, citing it as contradictory to principles of integrity and fairness. Arase highlighted that these officials aren’t just fulfilling a duty but actively influencing the future of the Police Force. He urged them to maintain the highest standards of professionalism and ethical behavior throughout the exercise.

“I admonish you to anticipate unprecedented challenges during this exercise. With over 400,000 applicants passing through your stations, each presenting argument to join the Nigeria Police Force, the pressure will be immense.

“Remember, you are the guardians of a process that not only holds inherent significance, but also paves the way for the forthcoming 30,000-man recruitment approved by the current administration.

“Embrace this responsibility with the knowledge that your actions will resonate beyond the confines of the present. As staff of the Commission, you are entrusted with a job that carries the weight of our nation’s aspirations for a just and secure future,” Arase said.

The chairman highlighted the recruitment’s importance, noting that it marks the Commission’s first exercise following the Supreme Court’s judgment on July 20, 2023. This ruling reaffirmed the commission’s ultimate authority and sole responsibility in the recruitment process for the Police Force.

“We stand at the precipice of a new era, and it is our solemn duty to ensure that this exercise establishes the gold standard for future recruitments.

“The nation’s watchful eyes will scrutinise our every move, demanding our unwavering dedication and commitment to the principles of fairness and justice.

“Therefore, I implore each of you to exhibit your best behaviour, upholding the highest standards of discipline, integrity and honesty,” he charged the officials.

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