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Nigerian Police Recruitment: All you Need to Know

The Nigerian Police Recruitment exercise should be of interest to many Nigerians who are in need of jobs at the moment. The country’s current economic state is characterized by record-high levels of unemployment and crime; and many entrepreneurs are currently on the wrong end of inconsistent government policies and tax demands.

White-collar jobs appear to be on the brink of extinction, while blue-collar jobs are almost non-existent. Thus, at this crucial time in our nation’s development, there is an increased need for more people to begin to embrace noble professions such as those of Police officers, and other force men.

Police officers are the number one officials in charge of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians. They literally put their lives and comfort on the line for the good of other Nigerians. What nobler profession can be found, especially in Nigeria? even though Police men are often regarded as scum, due to the way some of their officers portray themselves, the fact remains that it is a noble profession to be a protector of the country’s citizens.

So, if you are in need of information concerning the recruitment process and requirements of the Nigerian Police Force, look no further. We have compiled all the information you need and more.

First, the vision:

As of early 2018, the vision of the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force was to recruit as many as six thousand Nigerians into the Nigerian Police Force, to be stationed in fully-functional state command posts that cut across the thirty-six states of the federation.

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This was in response to the rising crime rates all across the country. To this effect, the first phase of the recruitment exercise commenced on the 7th of May, 2018. The Nigerian Police Force began recruiting constables on the said date, and other positions in the force began to be filled over time. Currently, the recruitment exercise for the 2018 stream is closed, but it is sure to resume in the year 2019.

Then, the requirements:

Every job opening or listing has at least two prominent aspects; which are the job description and the person specification. Similarly, the recruitment for the Nigerian Police force has some requirements which must be met before any candidate’s application may be processed. These requirements are listed below:

  • Proof of Nigerian origin: Candidates must prove that they are citizens of Nigeria. A copy of one’s national I.D card, voter’s card, driver’s license, or an international passport, should suffice. It is important to present proof of identification as a Nigerian because as at now, the recruitment exercise is not open to foreigners.
  • Academic qualifications: The Nigerian Police Force requires its staff to have some degree of academic literacy, to enhance their level of competence in the discharge of their duties. However, the academic qualifications are categorized according to the individual positions being applied for.
    • Those applying for the position of ‘Police Constable’ are required to have a minimum of O’ Level qualification, with Credits in English Language and Mathematics.
    • Similarly, those applying for the position of ‘Cadet Inspector’ are required to have a minimum of A’ level qualification, or Ordinary National Diploma (OND), or National Certificate in Education (NCE). In addition, they are also required to possess O’ Level qualification with a minimum of five credits, to include English Language and Mathematics.
    • Also, those applying for the position of ‘Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police’ must have either a Bachelor’s degree in any field, or a Higher National Diploma (HND) from a recognized institution.
    • Finally, for all other positions, applicants are required to have a minimum of a University Degree.
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The procedure for Application:

To apply for the recruitment exercise, simply follow the steps outlined below.

  • As earlier established, the application form for the 2018 recruitment exercise is no longer on sale. Nonetheless, sale of forms for 2019 recruitment will commence as from early next year.
  • Once the form has been purchased, simply visit the official Nigeria Police Force portal at Alternatively, you can go to the official website of the police force at Click the ‘careers’ button, and it will link you to the recruitment page.
  • Submit all the required details, and provide all the requested documents that align with the position that you are applying for. Ensure that your contact information is correct – especially your email address and phone number – as this will be the primary means of correspondence between the Force and you the applicant. Any wrong or incorrect information provided at this stage may jeopardize the candidate’s application.
  • Click on ‘submit’, and ensure that you print your acknowledgement slip.
  • Check your email for a confirmatory message from the Force. It should indicate that your application has been successfully submitted, and that it is being processed. If you submit successfully and you still do not receive this email after a few days, report the situation to the Force’s I.T help center via the contact information displayed in the ‘contact us’ or ‘help’ sections of the website. They would look into the matter.
  • Please endeavor to not attempt multiple submissions or applications. Only one application per candidate is allowed. If multiple submissions are spotted, the candidate in question may be disqualified.
  • After a period, the relevant authorities in charge of scrutinizing the individual applications will select the best fit for the respective positions. Afterwards, they will notify successful candidates by email and text message. This is why it is important to ensure that you provide only correct and accurate contact information during your registration.
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If you are successful in the application, an invitation letter will be sent you from the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force, requesting you to report at a designated screening center for further testing. The invitation letter will bear the date of your proposed testing, and you will need to go with your documents to the venue. Other officers of the force will be on ground to validate the data and information of the candidates, and any discrepancies that are spotted will lead to automatic disqualification of the candidate(s) in question.

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