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The Police Service Commission has warned that anybody caught giving or receiving money to facilitate the recruitment of applicants into the Nigeria Police Force would be investigated, arrested and prosecuted.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja by Ikechukwu Ani, the Head of Press and Public Relations of the commission.
It said some arrests have been made in some parts of the country and the Police are currently investigating the cases to establish the level of involvement of the culprits.
The statement said the commission has continued to receive reports of fraudsters soliciting for payment to help candidates either to obtain the recruitment forms or to assist them secure employment.
“The commission wishes to reiterate that the recruitment forms are free and filled online without any person to person contact,” the statement said.
It stated that the Chairman of the commission, Mike Okiro, said the commission would deal decisively with anybody who decides to extort money from applicants to get the forms or secure employment.
The statement called on the public to report to the commission any body found undermining the exercise through the illegal sale of the recruitment forms.
It noted that the commission was committed to discharging this constitutional obligation of recruiting 10,000 policemen as directed by President Buhari to the satisfaction of Nigerians.
The statement insisted that the hands of the commission are not tied by anybody and that it would be rigidly guided by the established criteria and qualifications.
It warned staff of the commission to resist the temptation of receiving money from applicants or their sponsors.
It said the commission would not disappoint Nigerians in the conduct of the exercise, which was at the heart of the survival of the nation.
The statement said that as at 9:35am on April 27, a total of 806,646 applicants had submitted their applications.
It said a break down shows that 232,857 are seeking for recruitment as ASPs, 190,415 as Inspectors and 383,374 as Constables.
NAN reports that the deadline for the submission of forms is May 13.