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Guide to Gaining Admission to Nigerian Police Academy (POLAC)

This post will guide you on how to apply, process and gain admission to the Nigerian Police Academy.

In case you don’t know what Nigeria Police Academy (POLAC) is, they are better called ‘the University of the Nigeria Police”. Just as the Nigerian Defence Academy is for the Nigerian Army, POLAC is for the police.

Admission seekers are now considering the school just as all other conventional universities you know. The school is really students friendly as more and more people are being given admission on merit.

One of my candidates recently called to say thank you. And when I asked how made it, he was quick to let me know he knew nobody. He got his admission on merit. This doesn’t mean people are not using influence to gain admission to this school, yet some admitted students can testify they tried their luck and it worked for them.


Some background of the Nigerian Police Academy

The origin of the Nigeria Police Academy dates back to the early 80s when the Government of Nigeria in 1981 requested the British Government to make available to Nigeria, some United Kingdom Police officers to assess the training needs of the Nigeria Police.

In response to this request, a team of three British Police officers led by M.A. H Pacy (Assistant Chief Constable, Hamberside Police) was sent to Nigeria by the British Government. The team submitted its report known as the pacy report in 1982. This report was formally published as the white paper of the Federal Republic, of Nigeria, on the future training needs of the Nigeria Police Force. A follow up of recommendations of the pacy report led to the search for the best training orientation for the Nigeria Police.

In the year 2012, the Federal Government of Nigeria upgraded the Nigeria Police Academy Wudil- Kano State, to a degree – awarding institution and the National Universities commission, accordingly, recognized the Academy as the thirty seven (37th) Federal University and the one hundred and twenty fourth ( 124th) University in Nigeria. Academy activities commenced in September, 2012. 

The pioneer faculties are :-

1. Faculty of Science
2. Faculty of Law
3. Faculty of Social and Management Science
4. Faculty of Humanities.

Read from their website for full objectives of the school and any possible updates on this.


What it Takes to Gain Admission to Nigerian Police Academy

It takes four things to be admitted to POLAC. These are:
  1. Correct SSCE results and grades
  2. Writing of JAMB UTME and score 180 or above
  3. Registering on their admission application portal
  4. Partaking in their entrance exams and interview
  5. Meeting up with some general requirements

Let’s look into this one by one


Having the Relevant O’level (SSCE) Results

Your SSCE result can be WAEC, NECO, NABTEB etc. They accept all and two sittings of each or two. You must have at least 6 credit passes in the relevant subjects for your proposed course. By this, you must have 5 credit passes in relevant subject and 1 credit pass in any other.

To know what will be required of you in SSCE results, you may need to check JAMB brochure. The school is already incorporated in the JAMB brochure and you can see that live online.

You can see their available courses on the post, "Nigerian Police Academy - Apply for the 6th Regular Degree Admission". Then go to brochure to see the SSCE requirements for each of them. Please, don’t assume SSCE subject requirements – be sure.

It is important to know that the school only accepts SSCE results from 2014 till date.


Write JAMB UTME and score 180 or above

POLAC usually abides by the national cut-off mark as may be declared by JAMB. Yet, I doubt if the school will accept anything less than 180 even if JAMB declares such. Hence, you must score a mark greater than or equal to 180 before you can participate in their entrance exams which usually follow their online application.


Register for their online form.

Application to Nigerian Police Academy is done online and payment is made through Remita. You can read my details of POLAC application for better understanding.

You should note that, it’s NOT compulsory that you choose them in your UTME before you can apply for their form (at least for now). By this I mean, you don’t necessarily choose them as first or second choice before you can be considered for admission.

All they want is for you to write UTME and score the cut-off mark they want. If you’re eventually given admission, they will then instruct you to go and change to them on the JAMB portal.

Write POLAC Entrance Exams

The Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil Selection Examination, may be Computer Based Test (CBT) or Pencil and Paper. 

The examination shall comprise of a General Paper (Section A) which is compulsory for all candidates.  It will cover areas such as general knowledge and current affairs, English Language and Mathematics. 

Other sections are to be selected according to candidate’s Faculty of choice.

Nigerian Police Academy General Requirements

The following are the admission requirements:
  1. Candidates seeking admission into the Academy must be Nigerian citizens and must be between 17 and 22 years of age, and must have a height of not less than 1.67 Metres (5 Feet 6 Inches) if male, and 1.62 Metres (5 Feet 4 Inches) if female. In addition, male candidates must have an expanded chest size of not less than 86cm (34 Inches for those between 21 and 22 years of age). All candidates must be free from any physical deformity or mental disability.
  2. Candidates must also obtain satisfactory scores in both the written examination and the interview and must pass physical and psychological tests of fitness.
  3. SSCE statement of results or certificates relating to examinations taken before 2014 will not be accepted. In other words, SSCE results acceptable should be 2014 till date

After the Entrance Test, What Next?

You should be on the look-out for the list.

Only candidates who are successful in the Exams will be invited for the Board’s screening and interview. The list of successful candidates will be published on our website and in some national newspapers.

After the interview, some candidates will be weeded out and left with people coming up in the final list.


Ready to Apply for Nigerian Police Academy?

Visit POLAC Admission update page or their official page directly to know if this year form is on sales. Then, you can apply.

Best of luck...


Read also,

  1. Nigerian Police Recruitment: What you should know right now.
  2. Nigerian Police Academy - Apply for the 6th Regular Degree Admission
  3. Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Jobs: How to Get or Apply for Jobs


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