By Sunny A. Ijomah
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Solomon Arase, a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC). The appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Senate.
If confirmed Mr. Arase would succeed Mr. Musiliu Smith, also a former IGP. Smith resigned under controversial circumstances last year.
Justice Clara Ogunbiyi, a retired judge, stepped into the office in acting capacity after the resignation of Mr. Smith.
Mr. Arase was appointed IGP in 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan who sacked Suleiman Abba over alleged disloyalty.
Before his appointment as IGP, Mr. Arase was head of the topmost intelligence gathering unit of the Nigeria Police, the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau.
Born on June 21, 1956 in Owan West Local Government, Edo State, he attended Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, for his undergraduate studies and graduated with a Political Science degree in 1980.
He was recruited into the Nigeria Police a year after on December 1, 1981. He also obtained another Bachelor’s Degree in Law from the University of Benin, as well as Masters from University of Lagos.
While in Police Service, Mr. Arase served in various capacities, including being Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State, as well as serving the Intelligence Gathering Unit as Assistant Inspector General.
He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence Academy and had served in Namibia during the United Nations peacekeeping operation.