The Police Service Commission (PSC) has announced that the second phase of the Nigeria police force recruitment is about to commence. The commission also reassured prospective candidates that the next phase was totally free. This was important because the commission received information that fraudsters opened a Facebook account with the name of the Chairman of the Commission, Mike Okiro in order to defraud unsuspecting candidates.IGP N

The head of press and public relations, Ikechukwu Ani, said in a statement: “The Commission recently concluded the State screening and would in no distant time begin the second phase of the process leading to the recruitment. “Successful applicants from the state screening will soon be invited for the next level of the process.” Speaking against the payment of money to fraudsters, the Commission said: “Fraudsters have opened a fake Facebook account with the name of the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Mike Okiro.

“They are already demanding for money from applicants of the on-going police recruitment by the Police Service Commission.” Okiro himself also emphasized that the entire process of recruitment would be transparent. He then went on to advise unsuspecting applicants to beware of the fraudsters that might want to take advantage of their desperation to get into the police force. He went on to state that those behind the fake Facebook accounts would be apprehended and made to face severe punishment. Okiro concluded: “Anybody paying for any assistance to be recruited will definitely be disappointed. Security operatives are on the alert to arrest those giving and the others that are receiving. “If they ask you to bring money, whether the fraudsters, our staff or police men, report to us and we will arrest and prosecute the person or persons.”

Meanwhile, there seems to be trouble within the ranks of the police. This is especially obvious after some letters from junior members of the police force have been opened to the public. The Network on Police Reform in Nigeria, a coalition of 49 civil society organisations spread across the country, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately reform the PSC.
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