Acting Police IG, Solomon Arase, Senior to outgoing Police boss, Suleiman Abba

Acting Inspector General of Police, Solomon Aranse

The newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, is actually a senior officer to the outgoing IGP, Suleiman Abba, PREMIUM TIMES can authoritatively report.

Based on an internal police document obtained by this newspaper, Mr. Arase, an indigene of Edo State, was born on June 26, 1956 and joined the Nigeria Police Force on December 2, 1981.

However, the outgoing IGP, Mr. Abba, who hails from Jigawa State, was born on March 22, 1959 and was enlisted into the police on December 31, 1984, three years after Mr. Arase was enlisted.

Both officers were, however, promoted Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, on the same date – February 22, 2012 – shortly after Mohammed Abubakar was promoted IGP.

It is not clear how Mr. Abba caught up with Mr. Arase in rank, and eventually overtook him to become IGP.

However, on August 1, 2014, Mr. Abba was appointed Nigeria’s 17th indigenous IGP following the retirement of Mr. Abubakar from the service.

Until his new appointment, Mr. Arase was the head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department and holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Strategic Studies.

Shortly before Mr. Abubakar retired from service, there were speculations that Mr. Arase, then the Assistant IGP in charge of the Police Intelligence Bureau, would be appointed IGP.

But with the appointment of Mr. Abba as IGP, Mr. Arase was elevated to Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the same unit.


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  • amazing2012

    Excellent at least a relative justice is observed. Same way Minima was promoted and 35 of his seniors has to go. The problem is that the men in uniform are no longer serving the nation but individuals as such any leader will need who will be loyal to him not to the nation. The involvement of uniform personnel into politics create the problem of their dishonest, distrust and franchise. We hope the next regime will try to appoint officers at and when they are due.

  • bikky

    Right the wrong at 11th hour,great people great NATION.

    • Danbaba

      Nothing to right here, he didn’t do or was unable to do the job he was brought in to do i.e. work for GEJ and PDP during the general elections.
      this has been done to punish him for failure, it doesn’t mean the new acting IGP will survive after power hand-over

  • Action_Nigeria


    Jonathan foooled himself by thinking that he can please the born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani even when history records that Major General J. T. U. Aguiyi-Ironsi did everything to please them but in return they killed him in the most brutal manner.

    Jonathan spent all his over 5years pleasing the born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani represented here by appointing Abba over his Senior who was a Southerner ………. but alas the born-to-rule Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani showed their “appreciation” for all Jonathan did for them by booting him out of Office

    • Danbaba

      Mr. Action_Nigeria

      Abba was promoted to serve a purpose, something he was doing rather well until the last few weeks, when he started to actually do part of his job

      Abba Moro was not promoted to please Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani, he was promoted to do a hatchet job for GEJ and PDP because of his past history as Aide de Camp to Mariam Abacha, something he did rather well until the general elections

      Your way of looking at Nigeria is the reason why all the brigands (hausa, yoruba, Igbo, nupe, igala, efik, muslim, Christian etc.) have been able to plunder Nigeria. The simple truth is that their good and bad people regardless of race, creed and colour

      • Oladele

        God bless you. Was is it not the same Hausa/Fulani that appointed Onovo the IGP and set a record that a whole PhD cannot emulate. Onovo was the most senior so Yar’Adua asked him to step in. PhD came and removed Onovo and put Riggim as against a more senior John Ahmadu, when Riggim is going he also opted for Abubakar when you have 8 DIGs and a 2i/c who is a woman from the SE. So Mr PhD has messed up everything. Arase was senior to Suleiman he brushed him aside. I am not sure anyone will confirm Arase and you know the fate of Farida Waziri and acting capacity is useless in the Nigerian Police force. So Arase will still be a police DIG as long as he was not confirmed making it easier to sack him after May 29th. Jonathan is very poor intellectually!