The Police Service Commission says it has received 158,773 applications in the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission had received 104,289 applications as at December 11, 12 days after the recruitment portal was opened.
NAN also reports that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 police constables to beef-up the strength of the force.
A statement by the commission’s Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Monday in Abuja said the applications came over two weeks after the recruitment portal was opened on November 30.
Ani said the applications hit the 158,773 mark at 11am on Monday.
“The portal is expected to close on Jan. 11, 2019 in line with the Federal Character requirement of six weeks,” he said.
He said Niger State maintained its lead with 11,047 applications, followed by Kano with 10,745; Katsina, 9,778; Bauchi, 8,882; Kaduna, 8,832; and Adamawa 7,722.
The spokesman said Bayelsa State had the lowest applications of 672, Lagos State, 826; Ebonyi, 980; Anambra, 984; Abia, 1,195; and Imo, 870.
Ani said out of the 158,773 applications received so far, 140,902 were males, while 17,871 were females.
He said the commission was committed to a transparent exercise that would abide by the rules and regulations of the Public Service.