The Commissioner of Police in charge of the exercise in the state, Alhassan Mamoda, made the disclosure to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lafia.
According to him, four of the applicants were discovered to have forged their certificates in order to gain employment while the fifth was arrested for stealing a cell phone.
“Imagine someone who wants to join the police to protect lives and properties now stealing a handset at the venue of the screening exercise.
He stole the handset and hid it in his pants and was discovered and apprehended in the cause of investigation.
They were all handed over to the appropriate department of the force for further investigation,” he said.
Mamoda also advised other applicants with criminal tendencies to desist as they would face the wrath of the law if caught.
The commissioner also disclosed that 5,200 applicants of the 9,627 that applied from the state had so far been screened.