Nigeria police recruits take psychiatric, pregnancy tests

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Nigerian police recruits will have to go through psychiatric, HIV and pregnancy tests before they are allowed to join the force, a police official has said.

Emmanuel Inyang, the deputy inspector general in charge of training, said the psychiatric test would essentially check whether or not the applicant was using drugs.

However, many were now wondering if the police intended to use such criteria as an easy way to slash the list of applicants.

More than 130, 000 applicants have made the shortlist for just 6, 000 jobs.

Others were asking if the test would be extended to officers already in service, based on reported abuse faced by some Nigerians in the hands of some policemen./BBC

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