Vanguard (Lagos)

4 October 2012

Nigeria: Robbery Suspect Caught Among Police Recruits

Kaduna — The Nigeria Police College, Kaduna on Thursday said it found a robbery suspect among recruit constables undergoing training in the college.

The Commandant of the college, Alhaji Sanusi Rufai, told newsmen in Kaduna that the suspect was named by members of his gang after they were arrested by the police in Abuja.

The commandant said details of the suspect's identity were forwarded to the college, which withdrew, arrested and transferred him to the appropriate police unit for investigation.

Rufai said the suspect was among 25 recruits the college disqualified for various inadequacies identified during training.

The commandant said some of the students were found to have presented forged school results and others had criminal records, "while some were withdrawn based on health grounds.

"Some of the recruits have sight or hearing challenges, while a few others did not attend the schools the certificates of which they presented."

Rufai said the college would continue to screen "unfit persons" out to ensure that only those with good knowledge and character were allowed to train as policemen and women. More than 4,000 recruit constables are currently undergoing a 15-month basic training at the college.(NAN)

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