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Ringim’s son, others, fail police extrance exams

The list of candidates to be recruited into the Nigeria Police Force as Cadet Inspectors and Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police released by the Police Service Commission in December 2011, is generating controversy as some candidates, who did not make the list alleged favouritism by the PSC.

The aggrieved candidates had complained that only the children of senior police chiefs and other prominent Nigerians passed the examination.

The list, released by the PSC, had eight candidates from every state for the Cadet ASP and eight for the Cadet Inspectors for Batches ‘A’ and ‘B.’

Findings, however, indicated that the children of some prominent Nigerians, including the son of the Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, failed the examination.

A child of Deputy Inspector-General of Police Azubiko Udah and two sons of the Commissioner of Police, Federal Capital Territory, Mike Zuokumor, made the list for Abia and Bayelsa states.

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The Commissioner in charge of Information in the Police Service Commission, Comfort Obi, who said this while reacting to complaints about transparency in the exercise, stated that the processes that led to the recruitment exercise were credible.

She said, “Anybody’s name you saw on the list came on merit. And to let you know how transparent the process was, the son of the Inspector-General of Police, Hafiz Ringim, and my first cousin could not make the list.

“In Imo State, the person that came first is the son of a nobody.

“Udah’s son studied abroad and I personally asked him why he wanted to join the police and he said he liked the uniform.”

On Zuokumor’s sons, Boulu and Michael, that made the list, the PSC commissioner stated that the two candidates from Bayelsa State might not be the CP’s children but a coincidence of name.

She stated that the recruitment exercise exposed the rot in the nation’s educational system as people who paraded second Class Upper degrees could neither write well nor expressed themselves verbally.

The Permanent Secretary, Police Service Commission, Taiye Haruna, explained that the recruitment was very transparent, pointing out that it was the first time states had equal representation in the police recruitment.

 

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