The Nigeria Police Council has confirmed Solomon Arase as the substantive Inspector-General of Police. He was appointed by President Goodluck Jonathan after removing the former Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba summarily in April 2015.
The new Inspector General of Police, who spoke with State House correspondents on his new status, said that his main task would be the upgrade of the welfare of members of the Nigerian Police Force. He said motivation is a key to increase productivity and this is a reason he has made it a topmost priority.
The Police Inspector-General also gave an assurance that he would bring crime rate to a lowest minimum through strategies and inputs expected of his men at this time. Roadblocks Remain Banned
He also promised not to renege on his earlier commitment towards ensuring road block free highways in Nigeria. The IGP had warned during a meeting with Commissioners of Police in Abuja that the command of any jurisdiction where roadblocks are found would be held liable and swiftly dealt with in line with Police rules and regulations. According to him, a 16-team task force has now been mandated to comply with his directives on the removal of the road blocks which he had earlier referred to as public nuisances and points of corruption.
Mr. Solomon Arase, 59, was born on June 21, 1956. He hails from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo state. He enlisted into the Nigerian Police on December 1, 1981 after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1980, with a degree in Political Science.
A lawyer, Mr. Arase also has a Bachelor of Law degree and Masters of Law from the University of Benin and University of Lagos respectively. He attended the Nigerian Law school and was called to the bar in 2000.
He also has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.
Mr. Arase has served in various commands and formations of the Nigerian police, including being the Commissioner of Police for Akwa Ibom State. He was also an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau. He served at the United Nations Mission in Namibia and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.