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Beware of fake online list of ‘successful’ Nigerian police recruits

IN SHORT: Recruitment for the Nigerian police force took place in late 2023. But a list of successful recruits circulating on the internet is fake, according to their employer.

From October to November 2023, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) opened its recruitment portal for those interested in joining the force. 

The online recruitment was the most recent by the police, the country's main law enforcement agency.

But in May 2024, several posts on Facebook claimed that a list of successful recruits had been released.

One of the posts reads: “NPF 30,000 Training List: Kano, Borno, top the list of NPF final list of candidates.” It included a link where people could supposedly view the list and asked them to check their names.  

We found similar claims here, here and here. (Note: see other instances of the claim at the end of this report). 

But did the police publish a list of successful candidates in its last recruitment exercise? We checked.

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Police commission says list not from them 

The link in the posts does not work.

On 2 June, the Nigeria Police Service Commission (PSC) issued a statement saying that the police had not released the list of successful candidates. 

All police officers, except the Inspector General of Police, are appointed, promoted, disciplined and dismissed by the PSC.

“The Commission also disowns a purported list in circulation in some unofficial quarters meant to represent the names of successful applicants from the just concluded recruitment exercise,” the statement said.

The false claim also appeared here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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