Nigeria Police Recruitment: All you need to know

Nigeria Police Recruitment
Written by Robin Okwanma

If maintaining law and order on our Nigerian streets is of immense interest to you, you might consider joining the Nigerian Police force. The Nigerian Police performs yearly enlistment of 10,000 constables (recruits) under the supervision of the Police Service Commission on their recruitment portal, For the current year 2022, the application window (now closed) for recruiting police constables into the Nigerian Police was made open from 15th of August to 26th of October 2022. However, if you are interested and you missed the recruitment exercise for the current year, not to worry, another opportunity beckons in the upcoming year. Here in this article, we will explain the steps you need to take in order to become a member of the Nigerian Police force. Please endeavour to read the requirements, and follow the instructions carefully.

General requirements to join the Nigerian Police Force

  • You must be between the ages of 18 years and 25 years within the current year, specifically between the 1st of January and 31st of December of that same year of recruitment.
  • You must be a Nigerian citizen by birth (one or both of your parents are Nigerians).
  • You must have a valid National Identification Number (NIN).
  • You must be physically and mentally fit, being duly certified by a Government Medical Officer.
  • You must be at least 1.67 metres tall for males; and 1.64 metres for female.
  • Yiu must not have been convicted of any criminal offence.
  • Men are required to have at least 86cm of expanded chest width
  • You must not be a debtor
  • You are required to tender two good reference letters from any of the following: a local government chairman, a magistrate, Heads of the educational Institutions you have attended, Career Civil Servants on Grade Level 12 and above, Police Officersnot below the rank of CSP, or Military Officers not below the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
  • You must possess at least SSCE, GCE, NECO or NABTEB certificate with results not less than five (5) credits (including English Language and Mathematics) and in not more than two sittings.

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In the mean time, you must get the scanned copies of your certificates (SSCE/GCE/NECO/ NABTEB), your birth certificate, your National Identification Number (NIN) as well as your recent passport photograph ready for the online registration. You must also have an active email address.

Nigerian Police online registration: Steps to take

Firstly take note that the entire Nigerian Police Force recruitment exercise is totally free of charge. No hidden or open fees are to be paid, it is totally free.

  • Log on to www. On the home page, click on ‘Apply’ button.
  • Create an account using a valid email address and a chosen password you must not forget. A link will be sent to your registered email address, which once you click on it to verify, you are allowed to log in henceforth and continue the registration.
  • Sign in to the website with your registered email address and password.
  • Proceed to fill the online application form with all your details (name, address, phone number, NIN, and so on). You must also upload all your scanned certificates as attachments. Do one last check through the details you filled into the online form before you click ‘submit’.
  • An email confirmation will be sent to your registered email address. A link to your profile will be included in this confirmation page, so you can access your registration details later on. You will need to print out this confirmation sheet/slip as it will be used for identification at the screening centres when you are eventually selected.
  • An aptitude test will be conducted in all the physical screening centres located in selected states nationwide on a stipulated date which will be announced.
  • To confirm your name is on the list of shortlisted candidates, an SMS/text message or an email message will be sent to you.
  • You are advised to appear at the screening centre if possible, a day to the date of the exercise. Your expected dress code at the screening centre is plain white T-shirt and shorts. You are required to prepare and present the following documents at the venue:
    • Originals and photocopies of all your academic certificates
    • Birth certificate or Declaration of Age affidavit (original and photocopy)
    • Certificate of State of Origin (original and photocopy)
    • Two recent passport photographs
    • A completed guarantor’s form
    • A printout of the registration confirmation page (sent to your email address)
    • National Identification number/slip

Nigerian Police Force Training exercise

Successful candidates who have passed the screening exercise will proceed to the Nigerian Police Force colleges and training schools across the nation to undergo a 6-month intensive physical and intellectual training in police studies. We present below the full list of Nigerian Police Force training centres nationwide:

  • Police Staff College, Jos
  • Police Academy, Kano
  • Police College, Ikeja
  • Police College, Kaduna
  • Police College, Maiduguri
  • Police College, Oji-River
  • Police Detective College, Enugu
  • Police College of Information Technology, Abeokuta
  • Police Mobile Training School, Gwoza
  • Police Mobile Training School, Ila-orangun
  • Mounted/Dog Training Schools, Jos
  • Traffic Training School, Ikeja
  • Police School of Music, Ikeja
  • Police School of Communication, Ikeja & Kaduna
  • Police School of Anti-Terrorism, Nonwa-Tai
  • Police Training School, Sokoto
  • Police Training School, Bauchi
  • Police Training School, Minna
  • Police Training School, Jos
  • Police Training School, Nonwa Tai
  • Police Training School, Ibadan
  • Police Training School, Benin City
  • Police Training School, Oyin Akoko
  • Police Training School, Makurdi
  • Police Training School, Iperu
  • Police Training School, Calabar
  • Police Training School, Ilorin
  • Police Training School, Ikeja

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List of selected Nigerian Police Screening centres

These are the list of the Nigerian Police Force Screening centres used nationwide as at the last screening exercise. So please take note of them and prepare yourself ahead for the next exercise.

  • NPF Niger State:  Minna College of Education
  • NPF Ogun State: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
  • NPF Osun State: Elerimosa CBT Centre, Osogbo
  • NPF Ondo State: Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Akure
  • NPF OYO State: ETC, University of Ibadan
  • NPF Plateau State: Federal College of education, Jos
  • NPF Jigawa State: Federal University ICT Centre
  • NPF Kaduna State: Dambo International College, Barnawa Kaduna; Sardanua memorial college, SMC, Kawo, Kaduna; Iya Abubukar CBT Centre, Ahmadu bello university, Zaria
  • NPF Kano State: Butali CBT Centre, near NYSC Office, Kano; Saadatu Rimi college of education, Kumbotso, opposite yan-lemo market, kano
  • NPF Rivers State: Ebenezer International school, 1, mini chinda street, Elimgbu slaughter, Port Harcourt.
  • NPF Sokoto State: Shehu Shagari College of Education, along benin-kebbi road, faforo area, sokoto.
  • NPF Taraba State: Winners comprehensive high school, jalingo, taraba.
  • NPF Zamfara State: Zamfara College of Arts and Science, Gusau
  • NPF Makurdi-Benue State: Greg ICT & Co Ltd
  • NPF Kano: Butale CBT center, NYSC Zamuyi Magana
  • NFP Abia State: Freedom World Academy, Umungal, Aba
  • NPF Akwa Ibom State: Gestric Infotech and Management institution, 74 Oron Rd, 531118, Uyo
  • NPF Adamawa State: Federal University of Technology, Yola; Adamawa State University, Yola
  • NPF Anambra State: St. Anthony of padua ICT Hall, Nanka, Anambra
  • NPF Bauchi State: Alfurqan International Academy, Along Bauchi dass road.
  • NPF Bayelsa State: Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa
  • NPF Benue State: Excellent International College, Otukpo
  • NPF Borno State: University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) ICT center
  • NPF Cross River State: University of Calabar, CBT Centre, E-Library Centre
  • NPF Ebonyi State: CSMT Schools, Along Watchman Street, Abakaliki
  • NPF Delta State: Delta State E-Library, Asaba


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Robin Okwanma

Hi, I'm Robin Okwanma. Software Engineer || Django, Python || React, React Native || Blogger. Technical Writer.