IN SHORT: A “special recruitment list” purportedly published by the Nigeria Police Service Commission of successful recruits is fake. The commission has asked the public to disregard it.
As an oversight body, the PSC manages the interaction between the police and the public.
The inclusion of identity numbers could be a cause of panic as these are confidential.
But is this a legitimate list? We checked.
Various fraudulent posts on Facebook have previously targeted the Nigerian police.
On 21 November 2023, we fact-checked a post claiming that the police had published a set of travel safety tips. This was false.
On 13 December, the commission disowned the “special” list in a statement, describing it as “fictitious”.
“The publication for all intents and purposes is obviously planted to confuse and further defraud Nigerian youths who must have genuinely applied for consideration for recruitment into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force,” it said.
It added that it would “soon announce a detailed programme for the concluding part of the recruitment exercise which will include dates for physical and document screening of candidates; [a] computer-based test to be conducted by a reputable government examination body and medical tests”.
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