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Bayelsa govt rejects police recruitment exercise over alleged fraud‎

Bayelsa govt rejects police recruitment exercise over alleged fraud‎
The Bayelsa State Government on Monday rejected and condemned the process adopted by the authorities of the Nigerian Police Force for the recent recruitment exercise into the force, alleging that the recruitment exercise is fraudulent and lopsided to exclude indigenes of the State. Some strange names were allegedly used to replace names of Bayelsa indigenes purportedly selected to fill the quota meant for the State.

The Bayelsa Government, in a statement issued yesterday by the State Information and Orientation Commissioner, Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, stated that it rejected the list in strong and unequivocal terms,” the manner and mode of the recent recruitment exercise into the Nigeria Police Force.”

According to Hon. Jonathan Obuebite, “The process as not only lopsided, but a fraud against the people of Bayelsa State. A situation were names of non Bayelsans were used to fill the positions meant for Bayelsans, was not acceptable and totally against the principles of federal character and due-process.”

The statement also noted that, “while each local government area across the country was meant to produce 10 candidates, that of Bayelsa were filled with fictitious names of persons, who are not from the particular local government areas.”

Obuebite in ‎the statement emphasized that, Bayelsa, made up of eight local government areas was entitled to 80 candidates, but the lopsided manner in which the recruitment exercise was conducted, has further depleted the state’s quota. ‎He called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and related offences Commission, ICPC, the Police Service Commission (PSC) and Federal Character Commissions as well as other related agencies of the Government to urgently investigate, correct the anomaly and equally bring the perpetrators of the fraud to book.

The Commissioner stressed that failure to correct the seeming imbalance and fraud against Bayelsa and the Ijaw ethnic nationality, would be seen as a deliberate move by the Nigerian system to short change the state, its people and the entire Ijaw ethnic nationality. The statement ended by calling on President Mohammed Buhari to step into the matter as it’s a dent on the current fight against corruption.

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