How Nigerian Police School Officers Sold Constable Recruitment Slots for NLM 700,000 Each
A shocking report from SaharaReporters found that no fewer than twenty-four Nigerian police constable candidates were paid $ 700,000 each to secure jobs in the recent recruitment of police across the country.
President Muhammadu Bukhari in 2019 approved the recruitment of 10,000 police officers to strengthen security in the country.
According to Saharareporter, the 24 slots destined for Kano State were sold to some out-of-state candidates in 2019 by DSP Alakija and Inspector Yerima Augustin from Nigeria Police Training College, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The applicants unknowingly paid AD 700,000. each and were elected as constable until Kano State Governor Umar Ganduje petitioned Inspector General of Police Adam Mohammed in July 2020 that the seats intended for the state were sold by college officials.
SaharaReporter learned that PGI had approved an investigation petition and in July 2020, 24 already recruited police officers were arrested and detained at Force CID headquarters, District 10, Garki, Abuja.
They were also denied access to their lawyers and family members.
According to human rights activist Mahdi Shehu, the police were deceived and persuaded by Alakija and Yerim.
Yerima described the applicants’ suffering:
“These young people applied for a job because they consider themselves qualified. Subsequently, they received letters of invitation to the entrance exam. They participated in examinations at various police departments throughout the country. They were invited to the Maiduguri Police School and arrived at the school on October 20, 2019.
“It was there that they met Inspector Yerima Augustine, who informed them that although they responded and were invited according to the invitation letter, they showed up and informed them with regret that people from their home states were overly demanding: therefore their names were in reserve list, so he told them to go home and come back in three days.
“Three days later, on 23 October 2019, the same Inspector Yerima Augustin informed them that there were more candidates in the states from which they came, and if they were still interested in joining the force, there were other states whose candidates were not they were still assigned. up, so they have to go home and take N700,000 with them. e. if they are interested.
“These guys are out of work. They returned to their states for money. I cried when three of them told me how they got the N700,000. One of them said that his three sisters would get married and over the past five years they had saved up money to get married, but his mother gave him 700,000 N in money.
Another said that the father sold his three farms and eight cows to raise money. A third person said his father split his house in two to raise money.
“Then they all returned with the money and handed it over to the head of the educational institution DSP Alakia. However, a certain Philip John, who could not distribute cash, transferred 500,000 N 500,000 to the same officer. We have evidence of John’s transfer to DSP Alakija.
“After paying the money, 24 of them had to return the next day for training and bring all their original documents with them. Upon arrival at the school on October 28, 2020, all of their files were collected by Yerima. A code number was subsequently issued.
“They started training. Three months into their training, they were called to learn that PGI was sending an audit team to college. They were told that they would be given new names to use and accept upon request, and upon the return of the IGP, they would return to their original names.
“Christians among them have been given Muslim names against their conscience. On the day they were supposed to pass out, they went to meet with Yerima, who was posted under different names and what would happen to their original identity. He told them not to worry, but to disperse to their units, as they would receive signals giving them their original names.
“On April 27, 2020, they were sent to different units and reported on the same date. They worked from April 27 to June 26, 2020. In the first week of July, 24 young men went to Governor Kano and informed him that they were all native to Kano State, that their names were known, but officers from the Nigerian Police College sold their slots.
“The governor wrote a petition to the IGP complaining that the 24 slots for the state police were sold by officials from the Nigerian Police College. PGI approved the investigation petition. In July, all 24 young men, 17 Christians, 7 Muslims were arrested for 18 days in different cells under the command of Kano.
“On July 25, all these young people were transferred to FCID headquarters in Abuja. From July 25 to today, December 8, all these 24 young people are still under lock and key, no visitors, no sanitation, no food, they just stayed there. They are completely demoralized; they lost concentration.
“These are young Nigerians who were persuaded and deceived because they needed a job; they never knew that this work was for other people. What will surprise you now is that the names of two of them are now used by other people, which means that their slots have also been sold. Now they are kept by Interpol. I don’t know what Interpol is doing in the recruitment case. They were not taken to court. “