The Nigeria Police Force, on Tuesday, attempted to colour with a tar brush a story, ‘Recruitment: IG suspends entry requirements for candidates,’ posted on www.punchng.com on Monday, August 24, 2020.
This story was sourced from the POLICE WIRELESS MESSAGE, DTO: 241330/08/2020 with the heading: CE:2100/E-RDC/DTD/FHQ/ABJ/VOL.T1/75 RECRUITMENT GENERAL, which the Force Headquarters issued on Monday.
The wireless message reads in part, “Further to my signal, Inspector-General of Police directs that you attend to all applicants who successfully submitted their online applications to police recruitment portal irrespective of their physical appearance, age and qualification.
You are not to disqualify any applicant for any reason whatsoever. Note that your recommendation for each applicant will serve as a guide to ascertaining the suitability or otherwise of each applicant. Ensure that the entire process is transparent and devoid of corruption and closely monitor activities of ICT personnel and other members of the team for strict compliance, please.”
Nothing was twisted in or added to the memo the IG sent to state commands on the need for the relevant authorities not to disqualify any applicant as a result of physical appearance, age or qualification.
On the basis of the above, it beats the imagination how the police arrived at their submission that the story on our website on the police recruitment was fake news.
We, therefore, stand by our story.