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No, Nigeria’s Federal Fire Service has not released list of successful candidates, recruitment is still ongoing

IN SHORT: Ignore claims that a list of successful candidates for the country's fire service has been published – the recruitment process ends on 15 June.

Several posts on Facebook in Nigeria claim that the country’s fire service has released a list of the successful candidates from its recruitment exercise. 

One of the posts reads: “~Federal fire service recruitment short list is out. CHECK IF YOU ARE SHORTLISTED FOR CBT, SCREENING AND GIVEN OF APPOINTMENT LETTER~.”

Recruitment for the fire service began on 27 December 2023 and was expected to last six weeks.

But in January 2024, local media reported that Nigerian interior minister Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo had announced a review of the recruitment process for four paramilitary agencies to include up to 35% women. 

These were the Federal Fire Service, the Nigeria Security & Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Correctional Service and the Nigeria Immigration Service

The claim was shared on Facebook here and here. (Note: see other instances of the claim at the end of this report)

But has the fire service published a list of successful candidates? We checked.

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Recruitment ends mid-June

The links provided in some of the posts do not work. According to media reports in late March, Tunji-Ojo announced that recruitment for the fire service would close on 15 June. 

Tunji-Ojo also chairs the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board. When we opened the board’s website, there was a pop-up message warning applicants to ignore any messages that were not from the board.

The pop-up reads, in part: “Note: successful candidates from any of the stages of the recruitment exercise, will be contacted in due time. Remember, the entire recruitment exercise is FREE!”

There's also nothing like the circulating list on the fire service’s official social media handles or website. Such a false list can mislead job seekers, lead to identity theft and undermine trust in public institutions.

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

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