Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase, the 18th indigenous IGP retires today, Tuesday June 21, 2016.
Arase’s retirement is in line with extant laws governing the country, having attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 and 35 years in active service.
During a presidential dinner with all his security chiefs (Military, Intelligence services and Police), President Buhari presented a gift to the outgoing IGP.
Officers and men of the Force are anxiously awaiting President Muhammadu Buhari’s choice of successor after Solomon Arase.
Solomon Arase was appointed in April, 2015 by the immediate past President, Goodluck Jonathan, following the removal of Sulaiman Abba, over an alleged misconduct.
Yesterday, Arase decorated four Assistant-Inspectors General of Police. They are AIGs Tili Abubakar, Opadokun John, Ogunbayode David and Dorothy Gimba. He urged them to work harder in their new postings and responsibilities.
The outgoing IGP also inaugurated a police officers’ mess and 35 suites as part of his administration’s commitment to the welfare of the personnel. Other projects inaugurated by Arase included the commissioners’ quarters and the police finance building.
The IGP renamed the legal building inside the Force Headquarters after the first police lawyer, Commissioner of Police, Kafaru Tinubu, (rtd), as a way of immortalising his efforts in the Force legal department.
Speaking at the event, the IGP said the welfare of the police men and women has remained paramount in his agenda and hence, the decision to finish some of these important projects started by his predecessors six years ago.
He noted that the officers’ mess would not only serve as place of accommodation for the police officers when on national assignment in Abuja, but would also be a source of income for the Nigeria Police Force.