The Nigerian Army has advised prospective recruits to report any individual or group of people requesting gratification from them to its Directorate of Recruitment, Resettlement and Reserve.
Army spokesman, Col. Sagir Musa, in a statement on Thursday, also advised the recruits to forward any such complaint to cellphone numbers 09059924328 and 08026569770 for action, NAN reports.
Musa said that this was necessary because it had come to the notice of the army headquarters that some fraudsters were going about defrauding prospective recruits/applicants of “78 Regular Recruit Intake.’’
He disclosed that the fraudsters were requesting for monetary inducement from would-be intakes, promising them enlistment into the Nigerian army.
“In the light of this, the Nigerian army wishes to again alert the public that selection into the service is free (without any charges or inducement) from the point of application online through the NA portal to the last stage of the selection process which are in phases.
“The phases range from credential screening, medical test, physical and mental test, aptitude test and to oral interview.
“The selection into the army is also carried out online with the Nigerian army policy and guidelines on recruitment as contained in the Harmonised Terms and Condition of Service Soldiers/Rating and Airmen Revised 2017 Edition to determine and select suitable physically and mentally fit young able bodied men/women for the Nigeria army.’’
The army spokesman relisted some of the guidelines prospective recruits must meet to be enlisted, as follows:
“Applicant must be a Nigerian citizen by birth and possess a National identity Card, possess a minimum of four credits in not more than two sittings in WASSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. One of the credits must be in English language.
“Be between the ages of 18 and 22 years for non-tradesmen/women, while tradesmen/women must be between ages of 18 and 26 years at the time of enlistment.
“In view of the above, the Nigerian army wishes to advise candidates to desist from giving gratification to anyone in the guise of helping them to gain enlistment into the army.
“Prospective candidates/applicants are advised to resist such temptation and have the courage to report such illegal act to the most senior recruitment staff or military police personnel available at the recruitment ground for necessary action.’’
Musa also reminded the public that the act of giving or receiving bribe was a criminal offence as both giver and receiver were culpable and punishable under the law.