Nigerian Police bars SSCE & Third Class Degree Holders from Recruitment

To join the Nigerian Police as a Constable, you would need to have an academic qualification higher than a Secondary School Certificate and to become an Inspector, a Third Class Degree would no longer be accepted as the minimum entry option has now been reviewed.

This was noted by the Commissioner and Chairman, Public Affairs Committee of the Police Service Commission, Comfort Obi, yesterday in Abuja. She explained that the commission had reviewed the recruitment process into the police.

Now, the minimum entry requirement is an Ordinary National Diploma. Also, Third Class degree holders would no longer be accepted as Cadet Inspectors, in line with the reform in the force.

According to her, polygraph tests were also carried out on applicants to determine drug users, alcoholics and liars that could tarnish the image of the force.

The mechanism put in place by the commission is in line with police regulations to ensure that bad eggs don’t find their way into the force. We are focusing on the recruitment process and have raised the minimum entry requirements.

“SSCE holders can no longer join the police as constables; even a third class degree holder cannot join the Cadet Inspector cadre. The minimum qualification for a constable is OND and it must include six credit passes in SSCE including Credit pass in English and Mathematics,” Punch quoted her as saying.

Often times, employers have linked better academic qualification to improved performance on the job. However, in the case of the Police, do you think that increasing the minimum entry requirement would ensure better performance on the job and reduce the high level of corruption exhibited by Police officers?

What are your thoughts on the new academic requirements to join the Police?

33 Comments on Nigerian Police bars SSCE & Third Class Degree Holders from Recruitment
  • feisty chic December 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

    clapping with my hands and feet. Finally the police problem might become better.

  • mulikatcardoso December 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

    fools and illiterate can be police pls.

  • akin December 18, 2012 at 8:20 am

    In most cases in nigerian higher institutions people that graduated with highest grades are the most corrupt,this is because everything is for sale in Nigeria. However, grades is not the best predictor for employment,it is just Nigerian mentality that only beliefs in your certificate and not your ability to perform on the job but reverse it is case in advance contries where its all about what you can do and not about the certificate you have.

  • Jiddah December 18, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Thats a step. Grades does not mean that people are intelligent though, but its a step in the right direction. Most of the officers in the police force just wobble through school and think that the NPF is where they would be able to fit in most without having to put an effort into being better. I agree with it.

  • Nathaniel Ijaola December 18, 2012 at 8:49 am

    It is one of the anomalies that need to be corrected in the Police. Others need to be looked into as well.

  • faith December 18, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Am in support of this….

  • Benson December 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Good development.It will go a long way in reforming the force.Better and quality education is a weapon to reduce mediocrity not just the police sector but all sectors of our national life.

  • Jeremiah December 18, 2012 at 9:42 am

    My problem with Nigerian police ethics is dat it only affect ppl of the southern part of d country while d northern are allow to even recruite cattle rearers into d force. Some cadet ASP from d north find it difficult to put thier name on papers cos some of dem use thier relation degrees or buy thier so call degrees only to have xpress enlistment into d force cos dey ve big men as thier uncles or wateva. if there’s going to be any reform let it affect d entire country not a sellected part of d country.

    • Soraya December 18, 2012 at 6:40 pm

      well, Jeremiah, you could do with a bit of spelling lessons too- ‘dat, d, ve, ppl’ etc- not all of us are proficient in text English you know. I despair everytime I see Nigerians use mobile text English to write. No wonder how education system has gone down the drains when young people are no longer putting in the effort to use correct English in writing and speaking

  • Abdulazeez m tukur December 18, 2012 at 10:34 am

    hlw nigerian’s you should try to jack so much in your different school in order to be come a good citizen of 9ja.BISSALAM.

  • Pauline December 18, 2012 at 11:26 am

    Dats nt rite. Most tyms those with d 3rd class can express their selves more. Its only tru cheat in exams dat those guys com out with gud results.So dat stuff abt 3rd class,it’s nt making sense.i dnt like it.

  • xter December 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    i am not fully in support of this reform. from my understanding it means a third Class student is as good as an OND holder right? cos the PSC did not state the level at which a 3rd class student can join? this is simply DISCRIMINATION.

  • isaid!! December 18, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Well said @jeremiah !!

  • cpl Dauda Joel December 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    Obviously,the issue of graduate recruitment in to the Nigeria police force,is not a welcome idea.this is security issue and not politics.therefore,many graduate are bottles without content,that is to say that certificate are only bought with money instead of using your brain to get what you want.So,mrs Comfort and her fellow colleagues should know that this country is bless with educated poor people who were not not opportune to further their education due to lack of money.I always respect the foreigners for what they are doing now.Many people now use money to get their certificate which they did not labour for .Most of the them cannot defend the certificates as the are now because they did not work for it.(ability and competency are the basic tools needed now in other to insure that Nigeria is among the develope countries.

  • Ajoke December 18, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    In theory this seems like a good idea, I don’t know how much of a difference it will make in reality though…

  • MissBrown December 18, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    This is so laughable

  • Ojih abah samuel December 18, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    It is a welcome development, if only there will a free education up to post secondary school for all Nigerians. If not, what of the poor people that cannot further after seconday school due to financial constrains?? Hmmm.

  • Ojih abah samuel December 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    It is a welcome development, if only there will be a free education up to post secondary school for all Nigerians. If not, what of the poor people that cannot further after seconday school due to financial constrains?? Hmmm.

  • Tunmi December 19, 2012 at 6:36 am

    good news

  • David A David January 23, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    with the resent changes in nigerian police, am beginning to see determination in achieving the agenda by the I.G.P

  • Pearl February 1, 2013 at 7:36 am

    A good number of people who parad Ist class, 2.2 and likes cannt defend these certificates, far from exaggeration. Please this issue needs to be revisited. If the work force are filled with people who paid their ways into seeming good results then the whole system is messed up. Those who have third class have been marginalized for too long, they should be giving the opportunity to prove their worth, as a good number of them are desciplined, hardworking and have nothing to do with corrupt practices which should have earned them a seeming excellent grade. This new police commission,s reform will only corrupt the system the more, because it favours mostly, people who know how well to cheat. There are only a hand full, who got these ist and second result by merit. They should make laws that will carry all citizens along instead of blocking people off. If the private sector set this meaningless standard, it could be understandable but the for the federal Government, who should be like a mother to every citizen of this great nation, protecting and making provisions for them.

  • Hoge February 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    Please,this reform shuld be reverse.if we want to make any dicision we should always think of the less priviledge first becos fingers are not equal.to be candid,there are some student in higher institution today that canot pay their school fees unless they pass through hard jobs.some go by the way of digging soakaway pit,some bus conductor,some they will have to sell gala in traffic etc,so how did you expect them to cope in the class like those from a wealthy home.please let consider others when making dicision.may God helpus in this country.

  • Hoge February 8, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Please,this reform shuld be reverse.if we want to make any dicision we should always think of the less priviledge first becos fingers are not equal.to be candid,there are some student in higher institution today that canot pay their school fees unless they pass through hard jobs.some go by the way of digging soakaway pit,some bus conductor,some they will have to sell gala in traffic etc,so how did you expect them to cope in the class like those from a wealthy home.please let consider others when making dicision.may God helpus in this country.Now ssce holder cannot be join NPF again hmmmmmm this will add to Nigeria problem oooo because those that cannot futher again due to finatial problem and the only hope they have is to join NPF but now it has been cancel.what will happen next?i ges they will turn to armed robbers.

  • DAVID February 8, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    It is despicable and unacceptable. I will not be a party to confusionists decision. Employment should be base on inbuilt ability and skills. I mean certificate be set aside, while applicants be tested incorruptibly.

  • Micheal oguns March 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    U were talking abt d fresh one’s cuming on board wat abt d corupt one’s dat are there already.

  • Henry March 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    It is very good but the best way is to retire old police men and open employment to the public.

  • NEN March 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    At list a thirdclass degree holder, should be given a high level of respect.

  • Nasir katsina April 21, 2013 at 11:19 am

    Who even whats to join the most corrupt police in the world.hold your stupid job

  • Mike A. E July 25, 2013 at 10:17 am

    A step in the right path! To those condeming grades higher than 3rd class, not all high grades are bought. Also, most people with good grades are either from a poor or average family that can’t even afford 2 spare a naira which they earn from hard labour while studying. Therefore, don’t condem peoples grades to justify your shortcomings. According to my lecturer, there is no excuse for failure. Thump up NPF.

  • ADEKOYA SOLOMON January 18, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    GOOD TALK @ HENRY

  • vic o January 31, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    nigeria is a very corrup nation… Even those less privilege with 2.2 and even 2.1 are at home dragging eba with their parents and siblings… After then, they’ll end up in one micro finance bank that claim they are helping nigerians. It’s time for them to have pitty…

  • Cpl Ekpe February 18, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Does one who ve HND Lower credit wil be allowed 2 join the force as cadet ASP pls comment.

  • tony uyi July 23, 2014 at 7:27 am

    but at lest you guys should concider those that can not go to the univeesity,and they would like to join the force.

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