The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission had received 158, 773 applications as of December 17 , 2018 , 12 days after the recruitment portal was opened.
NAN also reports that President Muhammadu Buhari recently approved the recruitment of 10 , 000 police constables to beef - up the strength of the force.
A statement by the commission’ s acting Head, Press and Public Relations , Mr Aaron Kaase on Thursday in Abuja, said the applications came four weeks after the recruitment portal was opened on November 30 , 2018 .
Kaase said that the applications hit the 242 , 455 mark at 1 : 00 pm on Wednesday .
“ The portal is expected to close on January 11 in line with the Federal Character requirement of six weeks , ” he said .
He said Niger State maintained its lead with 15 , 633 applications, followed by Kano State with 15 , 079, Katsina State, 14 , 582, Bauchi State, 12 , 652, Kaduna State, 13 , 882 and Adamawa State with 11 , 449 applicants.
The spokesman said Bayelsa State had the lowest applications of 1 , 258, followed by Lagos State, 1 , 358, Ebonyi State, 1, 659 and Anambra State, 1, 618.