President Muhammadu Buhari warned Thursday in
Abuja that he will not tolerate any irregularities or
extortion of money from unemployed Nigerians in the
coming recruitment into the police.
At a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Police
Affairs and the Police Service Commission in the
Presidential Villa, President Buhari sad that applicants
having to pay bribes before being accepted into the
police in the past 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.
“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,” President Buhari
The President 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withdrawn from that role to regular police duties.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 rank for many
years, the President counselled the Police Service
Commission to review the current structure of the
police, and make recommendations on how the
problem can be solved to boost the morale of serving
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Police
Affairs, Dr James Obiegbu had, in his briefing of the
President, listed inadequate police personnel,
dwindling finances and non-rehabilitation of police
training schools as some of the challenges facing the
The Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Sir
Mike Okiro said that the country needed to have more
than the 305,579 policemen and women which it has
at present for effective policing.
He thanked President Buhari for approving the
recruitment of 10,000 additional policemen and women
earlier this week.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)


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