Suleiman Abba, was yesterday fired by
President Goodluck Jonathan who named
the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG
Solomon Arase as Acting IGP.
In a statement issued by the presidential
spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, no reason
was offered for Abba’s sack.
The statement reads: “President Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan has relieved the Inspector-
General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba of his
appointment and duties with immediate
effect. President Jonathan has also appointed
Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Mr.
Solomon Arase, as Acting Inspector-General
of Police, also with immediate effect. Until
his appointment as Mr. Abba’s replacement,
Mr. Arase was the Head of the Force
Criminal Intelligence and Investigation
Department. Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and
Masters Degrees in Law, as well as Bachelors
and Masters Degrees in Political Science and
Strategic Studies. He is also a Fellow of the
Nigerian Defence College”.
Abba, who is 56 years old, was enlisted
in the Nigeria Police as Cadet Inspector on
December 31, 1984 and is due for retirement
on March 22, 2019.
He became acting IGP on August 1, 2014
following the retirement of his predecessor,
Mohammed Abubakar, after 35 years
of public service, and was confirmed substantive IGP on November 4, 2014.
Abba was until that appointment an
Assistant Inspector-General, AIG, in
charge of Zone 7 Command, a position he
occupied since May 25, 2012.
Arase, until his new appointment, was
the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence
and Investigation Department, the apex
intelligence gathering arm of the Nigeria
DIG Arase was enlisted into the Nigeria
Police in 1981 after graduating from the
Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna
State in 1980, with a degree in Political
Science. He also holds 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.
DIG Arase has served in various
commands and formations of the Nigeria
Police, including being the Commissioner
of Police for Akwa Ibom State. He was also
an Assistant Inspector-General of Police
for Force Criminal Investigation Bureau.
He served at the United Nations Mission
in Namibia and is a Fellow of the Nigerian
Defence College.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that with the
appointment of DIG Arase as a new Police
Chief, several members of the management
team of the Police Headquarters could go
on forced retirement.
Those who may be forced to retire
include ex-IGP Abba’s second in
command, Deputy Inspectors-General
of Police, DIGs Dan’Azumi Job Doma, in
charge of Finance and Administration;
Hilary Opara, his operations counterpart;
Sotonye L. Wakama, as well as Mamman
Ibrahim, in charge of Logistics and Supply
at the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
DIGs Hashimu S. Argungu (Training
and Development), Christopher
Katso (Research and Planning), and
Adeola Adeniji (Information and
Communication) may also be affected by
the new development.
It was gathered that President Jonathan
was forced to appoint Abba, the police
boss by northern power brokers, who
convinced him that appointing Arase
could be seen as a ploy to hire a southerner
to do Jonathan’s bidding in the justconcluded
general elections.
Arase, from the records, was most
qualified for the Job last year as he is
Abba’s senior in the Police Force, having
been enlisted in 1981 against Abba’s 1984,
three years difference, but the northern
power bloc allegedly swayed Jonathan to
appoint the ex-IGP.
It was also gathered that Abba’s
predecessor, ex-IGP MD Abubakar had
wanted his term extended so he could be
the man in charge of the elections but after
an intensive lobbying, his term could not
be elongated and therefore he presented
Abba to the President.
It is believed that Abba worked for the
opposition All Progressives Congress,
APC during the last general elections.
There were also indications last night
that President Jonathan was under
pressure to fire the Comptroller-General
of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi
Dikko Inde.
Those pushing for Jonathan’s removal
of Inde before he leaves office on May 29,
accuse him of overstaying in office.

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