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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Buhari warns against extortion in police recruitment

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday said he will not tolerate any irregularity or extortion of money from unemployed Nigerians in the coming recruitment into the police.
He gave the warning during a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Police Service Commission at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari expressed sadness over the extortion of applicants who are made to pay bribes before being accepted into the police force
He said the practice was totally unacceptable.
The President 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.
He said: “You must ensure that the recruitment process is transparent. Those who will conduct the recruitment must be above board. It should not be heard that they receive gratification or extort money from those who want to enlist in the police.”
He 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Inspector-General of Police to prune down the number of policemen attached to dignitaries, and redeploy all policemen withdrawn from that role to regular police duties.
On the stagnation of policemen on a particular rank for many years, the President counselled the PSC to review the current structure of the police, and make recommendations on how the problem can be solved to boost the morale of serving policemen.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police Affairs, Dr. James Obiegbu, had in his briefing, listed inadequate police personnel, dwindling finances and non-rehabilitation of police training schools as some of the challenges facing the force.

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