Friday, 13 January 2017

Police recruitment not hijacked, says Okiro

Police Service Commission (PSC) Chairman Mr. Mike Okiro has dismissed the rumour that the recent recruitment into the police was hijacked by some high-ranking police officers.

Okiro, a former Inspector-General of Police, dispelled the rumour yesterday in Port Harcourt in an interview.

He insisted that due process was followed in the recruitment of the 10, 000 applicants approved by the Presidency for recruitment into the police.

“I am bold to say that due process was strictly followed during the recent police recruitment.

“The successful applicants have been employed in the force.

“I am happy to note that the 10,000 applicants approved for recruitment by the Presidency cut across all cadres.

“They have already being posted to their various stations across the country,” he said.

Okiro said the cadres included police constables, inspectors, medical personnel, marine officers among others.

He said the recruitment of the new officers became necessary as a result of shortage of personnel in the service due to death, dismissals and retirement.

He warned against indiscipline in the force, saying that such matters would no longer be treated with levity.

Okiro said the PSC was open to receive complaints on any official misconduct among police officers.

The PSC boss said the commission would investigate the rumoured unethical involvement of some police officers during the re-run elections in Rivers and other states.

 He added that appropriate action would be taken against any officer found guilty of electoral fraud.

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