Candidates in the ongoing police recruitment exercise will write an aptitude test to be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari while granting interview to the Hausa Service of Voice of America (VOA) in Washington, DC, recently, said he had approved the recruitment of additional 6,000 police personnel as part of measures to address the security challenges in the country.
In a statement on Sunday, Jimoh Moshood, an Assistant Commissioner of Police and the Force Public Relations Officer, said that Ibrahim K. Idris, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), represented by Emmanuel Inyang, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Training and Development, while addressing commissioners of police and other senior officers nominated to serve as heads of Police Recruitment Screening Committees in the 37 commands of the federation warned them to be thorough and above board and ensure that the screening exercise which will commence today is smooth, hitch free and devoid of any form of corrupt practice.
The statement noted that Idris further warned the officers that will be participating in the screening exercise to remain impartial and ensure transparency.
“For the first time, successful candidates, after the physical screening, will undergo a written aptitude test to be conducted by Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to ensure transparency and get the best out of the candidates”, Moshood noted, without stating when the aptitude test will hold.
According to him, medical examination will be conducted for each candidate in the following areas before final selection: visual assessment which covers far and near visual acuity, binocular vision, colour vision, visual field testing and pathology.
“General medical test which covers blood pressure, sugar, body mass index, hepatitis B and C, HIV screening, tuberculosis, antigen in serum and pregnancy test (for women only).
“Psychological evolution of the candidates which covers psychological interview, personality and integrity as well as drug screening”, the statement noted.
According to him, the Inspector General of Police also directed that the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Training and Development should embark on monitoring and assessment of the exercise throughout the 36 states and the FCT to ensure that the exercise is carried out in line with best practices.
“Candidates are advised to be of good conduct throughout the exercise. Candidates and members of the general public should report any improper practice through the following phone numbers: 08076036011, 08037036257, 08034360919, 08037855951, 08065823054, 08036753589”, he said.