Attempts by many candidates to apply for enlistment into the Nigeria Police Force were frustrated on Friday as the two police portals for the recruitment crashed and were inaccessible for most part of the day.
The Police Service Commission had directed interested candidates to apply through its website, www.psc.gov.ng or that of the Nigeria Police Force, www.npf.gov.ng, but the two websites crashed due to huge traffic.
“Candidates started registering online from 4am on Friday when the portals opened for registration; as of 2pm, over 8,000 candidates had registered online. The traffic was huge and this explains why many applicants could not access the websites because the servers were down,” a source explained.
The Head, Press and Public Relations, PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, said the commission’s technical team was working on the servers to address the hitches.
“I have notified our technical team and they are working on the servers, all the hiccups would be addressed and candidates would find it easier to file their applications. I believe the issues we are experiencing were caused by the traffic from the huge number of applicants,” he explained.
The frustration of the applicants was vented on social media as some applicants berated the poor infrastructural preparedness of authorities for the barrage of applications.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government said it had approved the necessary funds for the recruitment exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari announced this on Friday while addressing policemen at the ceremonial parade marking the grand finale of the 2016 Nigeria Police week.
The president, who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahaman Dambazau (retd.), gave assurance that the exercise would be transparent and credible.
According to him, aside from addressing the national challenge of youth unemployment, the initiative would bridge the chronic manpower gap in the police inherited by his regime.
In an advertisement calling for application from interested candidates, the requirements specify among many other conditions that a candidate, who must be a Nigerian, must be certified mentally and physically fit by a Nigeria Police medical doctor or government medical practitioner.
The Police Service Commission Chairman, Mike Okiro, had warned the commission’s workers who would be involved in the screening of candidates to avoid any act that might compromise the integrity of the exercise.
Okiro had warned applicants through a statement signed by the commission’s Head of Press and Public Relations Unit, Ikechukwu Ani, to desist from indulging or inducing the commission’s workers or face arrest.