Abiodun OBA

The Nigeria Police is to commence physical and credential screening of applicants who completed the 2021 online registration for recruitment into the constable cadre on Tuesday Feb. 1.

In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Mr Frank Mba, said the screening would be conducted by the Force in conjunction with the Police Service Commission (PSC).

Mba said the exercise, slated to commence on Feb. 1 would end on Feb. 6 at designated venues in states across the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

According to him, all applicants are to proceed to their respective states of origin and appear at the various screening centres in their clean white T-shirts and shorts.

He said other mandatory basic screening requirements are two white flat files with recent passport photographs attached and National Identity Number (NIN).

Mba said other items for the screening include original and duplicate copies of credentials, Certificate of Origin and birth certificate/declaration of age.


He said printout of application submission confirmation/profile page and duly completed guarantor’s form are also mandatory for the exercise.


Mba said candidates who failed to present the mandatory requirements would not be considered for screening and therefore, urged applicants to pay attention to detailed and specific guidelines on the exercise for each state, particularly, the location of screening and dates of screening per local government area.


Mba said the guidelines would be announced by the Police Public Relations Officers in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.


According to him, the Inspector General of Police, (I-G) Mr Usman Baba, has assured that the statutory entry requirements into the Force as clearly stated in the Police Act and Regulations, would be followed.


The I-G said the officials deployed for the screening have been directed to ensure that all applicants shortlisted were allowed to participate.


He said the officials are expected to recommend the suitability or otherwise of applicants in the spirit of transparency, accountability and fair hearing using the already established benchmarks as contained in the Act.


Baba said that a total of 135,027 valid applications were received in the online registration and expressed satisfaction over the increase in the number and geographic spread of the applications, particularly in the South-East and South-South regions of the country following the extension of the online registration.

The I-G said the exercise was free of charge and urged applicants to be wary of criminal elements who would want to take undue advantage of the exercise to perpetrate recruitment related scams.

Baba however, warned that anyone found wanting would be made to face the wrath of the law.

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