No fewer than 16,666 people from Katsina applied in the ongoing recruitment of 10,000 constables into the Nigeria Police Force as the portal closes on January 11, Friday.
This was contained in the breakdown of the applicants released by the Police Service Commission (PSC) Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani, on Thursday in Abuja.
According to the statement, the commission received a total number of 294,851 applications.
President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10,000 police constables to step up the strength of the force.
“The portal is expected to close on Jan. 11 in line with the Federal Character requirement of six weeks to allow applicants time to apply,” he said.
He said Niger maintained the lead with 17, 790 applications, followed by Kano with 16, 800, Katsina, 16, 666, Bauchi, 12, 652, Kaduna, 13, 882 and Adamawa, 11, 449 applicants.
The spokesman said Bayelsa had the least number of applications of 1,797, Lagos State, 1,720 and Ebonyi, 2, 218.
Mr Ani said male applicants continued to dominate the exercise with 255,189 applications with females trailing with only 39,662 applicants.
He said the chairman of the commission, Musiliu Smith, said that after the closure of the portal tomorrow, the commission would start online short listing of qualified applicants.
According to him, shortlisted applicants would be invited for screening and other stages of the recruitment.