Buhari Appoints Former IGP As Police Service Commission Chairman


President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Solomon Arase, a former Inspector General of Police, as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

The president made it known in a letter to the Senate on Tuesday in which he requested the confirmation of the former IGP legislators.

In the letter read by Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the president said that the Senate’s appointment and confirmation request is in accordance with Sections 153(1) and 154(1) of the 1999 amended Constitution.

Arase, a native of Edo state, retired as Nigeria’s police chief about a year after Buhari took office.

He was appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

If confirmed, Arase will succeed Musiliu Smith, another former IGP who resigned in controversial circumstances last year.

Following the latter’s resignation, a retired judge, Clara Ogunbiyi, took over in an interim capacity.


Prior to his appointment as IGP, Mr. Arase was head of the Nigerian Police’s top intelligence-gathering unit, the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau.

Born in 1956 in Edo State, he attended Ahmadu Bello University, graduating with a degree in political science in 1980. He was recruited by the Nigerian police a year later on December 1, 1981.

Mr. Arase served in various positions: as Police Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State and in the intelligence gathering unit as Deputy Inspector General of Police. He is a member of the Nigerian Defense Academy and served in Namibia during the United Nations peacekeeping operation.

Meanwhile, in a separate letter, the president asked the Senate to confirm the re-election of Mahmud Isa as Resident Election Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for Kebbi State and the reappointment of Sani Ali to the same position for the State of Ondó.

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