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Nigerian Police Recruitment 2013: 3rd Class Degree & SSCE Holders Disqualified

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Dec 18, 2012 – Nigerian Police Recruitment 2013: 3rd Class Degree & SSCE Holders Disqualified

Police Service Commission says holders of Secondary School Certificate would no longer be accepted into the Nigeria Police Force as constables.

It said the minimum entry requirement now was Ordinary National Diploma.

The commission also stated that Third Class degree holders were no longer accepted as Cadet Inspectors, in line with the reform in the force.

PSC Commissioner and Chairman, Public Affairs Committee of the commission, Ms. Comfort Obi, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, explained that the commission had reviewed the recruitment process into the police.

According to her, the PSC has over the years formulated policies aimed at the efficiency and discipline of the police force, adding that background checks are now carried out on applicants to separate bad eggs and discourage people of shady characters from joining the police.

Obi stated that polygraph tests were also carried out on applicants to determine drug users, alcoholics and liars that could tarnish the image of the force.

She said, “The mechanism put in place by the commission is in line with police regulations to ensure that bad eggs don’t find their way into the force. We are focusing on the recruitment process and have raised the minimum entry requirements.

“SSCE holders can no longer join the police as constables; even a third class degree holder cannot join the Cadet Inspector cadre. The minimum qualification for a constable is OND and it must include six credit passes in SSCE including Credit pass in English and Mathematics.”

The PSC Commissioner in charge of Strategy, Dr. Otive Igbuzor, explained that written examinations had been introduced for applicants, adding that promotions in the force were based on merit.

He explained that 599 cases of indiscipline were treated between 2008 and 2011. He said 94 officers were compulsorily retired, and a number of others were sanctioned for various offences. [Punch]



  1. justice

    March 25, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Is corruption link to certificate?.The NPF should be more focuse on how to reduse corruption which has eaten in to the farbric of it’s born, through practical and sincere screaning of applicants with proven intergrity instead of proposing what they will n
    Haba Npf?

  2. George david samuel c

    March 28, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Not everybody has d privilege to further their study sm ve ssce or sm other qualification to their own standard n level pls psc/npf dnt make tins hard for d pple re yu nt God fearing or no respect for heaven all humanbeings are equal notin like noble or high status bcos its at ur reach pls reconsider diz dnt like d idea pls dnt feign ignorance or being deceptive wicked allow those dat cannot be derelict in diz service to d nation tnz urs honest servant starmigz

  3. Collins Chris

    April 2, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Now everybody is running away from third class degree, who will now accept 3rd class degree. To be sincere, Nigeria forces are not suppose to reject 3rd class candidates. For their information, 3rd class does not mean that the person is a failure or a dull head. If they don’t like the degree anymore they scrap it from our institutions. Please this has to be looked into seriously. Thank you.

  4. Benard

    April 5, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Well the idea is not that bad in the area of nsecurity,but it have much disadvantage because in the area of specialisation will an OND holder know how to drive a lorry or will an OND holder be well experince in auto mechanic area thus they might be theorically fitted but what about the practical aspect.for we know that the practical can only be done well and better by those who learnt it by road side machanic so therefore they should have a rethink and probabilly apply it in general duties officer only

  5. M. K. Musa

    April 7, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Oga I.G. reconsider your reformation in areas of certificate, its a great mistake Nigerians did not realise till date. The world bests are uncertificated, it is the idea of what you have to offer on a practical ground and not what you dont know how it is aquire, by so doing you are recruiting a wrong person who aquire those things you are demanding by means of crook and or thug. like cultism, etc.please have your parameters of absorbing the inteligent among others.
    thank u and God bless

  6. Righteous Bright

    April 9, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Pls Police shld know that 3rd class is a class of degree awarded by universities and some of them when given a chance always do d best in terms of work performance because they don’t want their superior to see lapses in them. So pls give them a chance a second chance as God do give us humans. Mrs Comfort Obi & co. have mercy on such category of degree holders. Those with Second class categories are still scouting for job no matter how small even first class & you are metting this hardship on people. Well there is still hope for them remember you carry gun they also can carry gun and other sophisticated weapons – Bombs, Grenade, IEDs, rocket launchers, even juju and do better than your well educated and better degree awarded officers and then apply their rejected knowledge and expertise there and you know what? Government will start calling them for dialogue and at the end will grant them ammnesty much more higher and juicy than your life earnings and gratuity. Then shame will be on you! Watch Out cos the Nation is about to weep for all these injustice metted on the poor masses.

  7. Abdullahi Aliyu

    April 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    This is a wlcome idea may ALLAH help u sir,but my question is when,how and where can we get the form.

  8. Ekpes

    April 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Is qualification a criterial 4 good behaviour? If d answer is no y dn do u tink u can sanitize d system by rejecting pple wit a lower level of degree. Even when we know that some pple who can pay their way with notin upstair can get wat ever d 1. Mr ig the problem of the force is not qualification but curuption from the highest level to the lowest level. Ar u tring to tel nigerians that prof wole is more corupt than those with second class and first class in our society today.

  9. Ilori olumide adegoke

    April 18, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Pls consider dis bcos it would increase d no.of unemployment in our society.thank u may god bless u

  10. Thompson

    April 19, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    Pls any info about d recruitment form should pls Let me no or email me at .or 08108806688 Thanks

  11. OLLY

    April 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM


  12. Henry Hosea

    April 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I hope the whole idea will last

  13. John Ejeh

    April 19, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    I pray that this juice idea created by the police management will not be broken by the same police management.

  14. bello mindau

    April 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    pls oga IG you should consider third class holders.

  15. Bello Abdulazeez

    April 22, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    I want 2 ask if graduate can stil join d police after d 2012 Asp n inspector cardet batch finish their training dis 2013? re dey stil going 2 bringout cardet Asp and inspectors entrance form 2 obtain for 2013/14?

  16. Ajala G

    April 22, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Pls when is the dead line 4 submision? Pls any informatn on this will be appreciated. Tks.

  17. Ahmad tanimu dass

    April 24, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    D idea of i.g is well consider but let consida third class degree

  18. farouk

    April 25, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    dat a bad idea dy realy,. ant naija to be much more corruped

  19. Jonah

    April 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    pls notify me when the next recruitment will commence. Thankx

  20. Gonet philibus

    May 2, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    NPF believe in collecting money b4 getin into it.when are they going to stop, pls consider anybody who is ready

  21. Cadet Tukur

    May 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

    Gud 1 Mr IGP keep it up in reforming NPF

  22. Monday Mbah

    May 6, 2013 at 3:58 AM

    Why has Inspectors promoted since 2005 are not promoted ASP till now while the force is busy recruiting cadets every year living these inspectors who have sufferred for their father land Donkey years miserable? Why?

    • Monday Mbah

      May 6, 2013 at 4:08 AM

      Why should one stay more than five years before promotion,in the it not frustrationg?

  23. jimmy machine

    May 6, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    dis Day our top government official are geting more corrupt in there dutie’s 2 serve there country and in D line of eoployment then rather preffer to serve there family menber, mr commissioner, i rather advise u 2 let SSCE apply in any job of dia heart desire, if u people dnt want D case of arm robber and gangstar in D country, example take a luke at benue state D rate of gangstar in benue state murder case, it all in de name of unemployement, i advise u mr commissioner take a tink twice, tank u

  24. Anthony A

    May 9, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I’m in total support of restructuring the body but the question is how does a class of degree makes someone responsible and incorritible? Mr I.G, in tryin to saniti3e the organi3ation,the following must be put in place: elimination of corruption is the number one factor that must be is a known fact that the organisatn is very corrupt and nigeria as a whole..2ndly,indiscipline is anoda factor to b considered..inconclusion, we are in a country where by those that are doing things legally are often not favoured..for instance, I made a 2.2 frm d university and does not make me better than the ones with 3rd class and pass..also,some of my mates that made 2.1 bought the result either by cash or by kind..having a decree frm a federal sch no easy oga,we must be very careful b.cos ur class of degree is not sign dt one is good academically and,mr i.g. Inorder to prevent crimes in nigeria dos dt are willin to serve their country shud b considerd and forget abt d class of degrees..Any valid university or polythenic certificate is a enough. Thank u

  25. adeniran hassan.a

    May 10, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    To reform the NPF is a good idea,bt the question,is our so called leaders portraiting good example.the screenind of grades is not the issue bt nt discouraging the young ones ready to serve the nation.I finish from uniibadan,so I can tell what it takes to be a graduate irrespective of Mr I.G look for better ways of reform.


    May 15, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    All this won’t help d growth of our dear country, let’s try and bring solution to unemployment in d country, instead of complicating issues, some family can’t even afford to giv their children d 3rd class education u people r dismissin now. I just want to b inform any time the form is out.dere always anoda life after dis 1 ur living, we shud remember dat. Tanks.

    • same

      August 1, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Mr IG sir wat u don’t understand is most of 1st,2nd class student ronce it,they can defende their result only view of then make dis result and no wat they are doing.NPF problem is nt grad of result,the issue is make sure u investigate the ppls u want to recruit very well and make the right pple. Tank u

  27. Fiama Daniel

    May 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    With due respect on behave of d SSCE Holder’s we re appealing on dis decision..d psc nd Npf should consider we d ssce holder dat re ready 2 die 4 our nation..give us a chance n we will do our best..GOD Bless Nigeria’ i luv u all

  28. jimoh olawunmi

    June 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    pls oga ig and mrs obi pls reconsider pple with 3rd class is not easy to attain such degree and it not unseriousness dat cost most lecturers can frustrate u and cause many damage to ones life so am begging u to reconsider God bless Nigeria and God bless u.

  29. Sylvester Endurance

    June 6, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    It is only God dat will punish all Nigeria top officials, did u people knw hw some of us manage 2 scale out of secondary school, frm farmer 2 sch frm sch 2 farmer nw bcose God hv given u al d opportunity u hv knw wat is called 1st, 2nd to reject third class and o level, did u people think u wil go free God is watching u al, U people ar causing more harm 2 dis country bcos d level of unemployment in d country is increasing, u people beter seat back on dis issue hence God is going 2 destroy all one after d others in pain $ sorrow, devilish leaders.

  30. Victor O A

    June 16, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    IG u shuld knw wat is happenin in our nation’s universities these days. Where d bst degrees are hardly given based on merit. Good degree is purchased either by cash or kind as d case may be. By doin so, d Police Force is only encouragin corruption at d highest level where by majority of d recruited officers will a corrupt lot. It makes no difference or sense. In my opinion let recruitment exercise be base on merit of examination set by d Force. Yet i knw it can neva be based on merit bcos we all knw wat it takes 2 be in d force bcos pple lyk u, d IG & his cohorts are d godfathers 2 successful candidates in d recruitment exercise.

  31. Ideba moses

    June 27, 2013 at 5:01 AM

    Mr Ig pls pls pls try and let ssce holders to apply for any job of their choice, bcos if not u will be hearing about arm robbers, militans.and boko harams in the country.God blesse nigeria and God blesse as you do, thank u.

  32. Mikey

    July 5, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    I guess the Nigerian police authorities are getting more confused than we thought they were. While we all call for sanity and class in the police force, i dont think anyone wiould welcome any dumb and meaningless reforms. Gani Fawehimi, Wole Soyinka etc came out of the universities with 3rd class degrees and still went ahead to be the best this country ever had. Most 1st class holders we know only anchor around employed jobs to milk/parasite and mostly lack initiative. I read and lived in the uk and have never came accross this kind of dumb policy anywhere. The British police which is so efficient recruit from GCSE which is same with ssce here and any degree class does suffice so long as you can deliver. I guess the national assembly should intervene in this madness as this might also be another face of our corrupt police scams.

  33. Yemi

    July 12, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Good day sir, the issue of third class should be looked into, being a graduate those not mean you can deliver bcz wisdom is different from knowledge, an ssce or 3rd class holder can be more better in the field of handling guns while others can be good in office work, able IGP please…

  34. d baba

    July 31, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Well,dis Idea is good but wil have to consider d pple dat have 3rd class bec smost of dem have home problem in term of finance. If u look at d education in nigeria if u don’t have money or ur parent don’t have money men u can’t go school dat wat make most pple strugle to go school and at d end of it he/she may end up in having 3rd class,it all bec their is not enough time to concentrate in sch. Even pple dat have 1st or 2nd class most of dem can’t even defend his/her result bec dey ronce it. So sir/ma reconsider,all will need in police force is pple dat have sense. U can no dat tru proper recruitment.

  35. Ebenez

    August 19, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    Sory i dnt knw wat conectn has cert wit coruptn. Pls wat empirical evidence does d npf has in ds conectn. Why are u pple compoundng issue pls. How do u tink d 3rd nd skul cert are d lair nd d briberee in npf. My cousin who ws d headboy in secondary skul graduated wit 3rd class in one of d nigerian renown fed varsity. Ds guy hd family/financial issue bak in skul,ds wat i knw vry wel. Nd ds ìs a guy i cn vouch for evn wit my life cos i knw his integrities. Pls sir,d IG, reverse ds policy it is too detrimental. I knw pple who av 2.1 nd 2.2 dt wil do anytin 4 money. Pls am nt sentimental i knw wat am talkng abt pls. Organize a test nd invite all nd sundry,conduct a scrupulous interview afterward,i bet u’ll get d right persons 4 d npf. Nd mind Godfatherism

  36. Dickson lee

    August 28, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Mr I.G SIR.d problem of bribe and corruption is nt by senior broda is a police officer and he use to tel us dat d money dey make frm bribe and corruption,dat they share it wit the d.c.o &d.p.o. Frm a press interview with one d d.p.o in dis south west(a popular station) dis man said dat police manage d economy with bribe and charity.where are we going in dis nigeria..lets us remember 6ft and d day of judgement.

  37. Adeola olawale

    August 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM

    Pls who a genuine information about the Nigeria police force recruitment.i am interested in it,i nid info on how,where&when to get d form.pls kindly reach me on 08027005406

  38. Babalola mathew

    October 20, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I luv d new procedure dat was gvn out tru dis commisn but dnt 4get 3rd class can gv out beta 2 d nation, all dz is al abt ability,mind, zeal,nd wat u hv 4 ur country, many bribe 4 d class u ar lukn 4 plz dnt 4get plz

  39. Adebayo

    January 12, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    It gud,pls i have passion for serve my great country nigeria through police,am an ND holder please ones the form is out for sell notisfy me by call or text me on 08133137526 or 08189265126,thanks


    March 22, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    NPF doesnt hav sumtin 2 do b4 so they decided 2 bring up unnecessary issue concerning ssce nd 3rd class,must of ssce ar more beta dan ond or 2nd class holder

  41. Igwe Chinedu

    April 11, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    What is the posible position that can be given to an NCE holder?

  42. tete wisdom

    December 4, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Pls i will like too be notificated when the form for recruitment is out.Thank you.

  43. Quadri Olaide

    January 14, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Good idea but third class should be considered

  44. Akwaha Emmanuel

    May 28, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    I have seen, read and understood the new schedules to follow when recruiting someone into the force but I simply wish to know the rank that a degree holder can occupy in the force. Thanks

  45. Akwaha Emmanuel

    May 28, 2016 at 4:00 PM

    I have seen, read and understood the new schedules to follow when recruiting someone into the force but I simply wish to know the rank that a degree holder can occupy in the force. Thanks

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