Former IGP Solomon Arase Denies 19 Vehicles were Recovered From Him

The Immediate past Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase has denied allegations that 19 assorted vehicles belonging to the police force were recovered from him.

A Special Investigation Panel set up by Arase’s successor, Ibrahim Idris had revealed over the weekend, that vehicle to include sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans were recovered from the former police boss.

The ex-IGP, in a statement he personally signed on Monday morning, stated that it was clear that some forces were bent on tarnishing his image.

According to him, he did not take any police vehicle with him outside of what he was entitled to.

He further warned that he would not hesitate to seek legal redress if those desperate to tarnish his image fail to desist.

The statement read, “It is embarrassing for me to wake up on Monday morning to be inundated with calls and messages on purported 19 vehicles recovered from me. I wish to reassure the general public that there was nothing like that.

“Like I said in July, I did not take any police vehicle with me outside what I am entitled to, and so, there couldn’t have been any vehicle recovered from me. If there was any such, those behind this campaign of calumny should please make the number plates of the vehicles public and where they were recovered from.

“Rather than dissipating so much energy on ‘project drag Arase down’, I urge those behind this evil campaign to face their official responsibility for which much is expected from them by the nation. I have done my bit and my own records bear me witness. Let those daily frightened by the shadow of Arase learn to fac

Police Recover 19 cars, SUVs From Ex-IG Arase

The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has ordered an investigation into the purchase and distribution of vehicles by his predecessors.

It was gathered that the probe was informed by the discovery that retiring officers, including former IGs and Deputy Inspectors-General of Police, were in the habit of appropriating police vehicles for their personal use.

Findings by our correspondent on Sunday show that the probe, which is being handled by the Special Investigation Panel, had identified and recovered 19 police vehicles from former IG, Solomon Arase.

Some of the vehicles include assorted sedans, Sports Utility Vehicles and pick-up vans.

The vehicles, it was learnt, were apart from the four vehicles he was entitled to take away with him on retirement.

A senior officer, who is familiar with the investigation, said the SIP was still working to recover five additional vehicles from the former police boss.

It was learnt that the SIP, headed by Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, (retd.), had also recovered a number of police vehicles from other retired DIGs.

The recovered vehicles were said to have been distributed to newly promoted Commissioners of Police and AIGs.

The source said, “We are making progress in our investigations. We were able to trace 24 vehicles to the former IG and we have recovered 19 already. He has yet to release the remaining five, but we won’t let up until we recover all the vehicles. We have pictures of the vehicles and they have been documented, so he can’t deny it, the recovery is a fact.”

Arase had earlier denied taking away 24 vehicles when his successor, Idris, made the allegation during an interview with journalists on July 18, 2016, shortly after he assumed office.

Idris had further alleged that the seven DIGs, who retired alongside Arase, also carted away between seven and eight cars each.

Arase, however, denied the allegations of his successor, saying he did not go away with any police vehicle.

He said, “What am I going to do with 24 cars? Do I want to open a car shop? This is a malicious accusation. There are ways of verifying issues rather than engaging in media propaganda.”

Arase said all vehicles bought by the police under him were distributed to the state commands and other appropriate units of the Nigeria Police Force.

How Arase Took 24 Police Vehicles- Acting Police IG

A battle is brewing between the immediate past Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and his successor, Ibrahim Idris, over the claim by Mr. Idris that his former boss went away with 24 police vehicles after he retired from service.

The Punch newspaper quoted Mr Idris as saying at a press conference, Sunday, that the 24 vehicles Mr Arase refused to return to the police included two bullet-proof BMW 7 series.

He also reportedly alleged that the deputy Inspector Generals who retired alongside Mr. Arase also left with between seven and eight cars each.

Mr. Idris told journalists in Abuja that a special investigation team was already probing the number of vehicles purchased by the police in the last three years and how they were distributed.

The acting Inspector General also said he had written to his predecessor and other recently retired senior police officers to return the vehicles in their possession.

“So, what I am telling you is that I have signed a directive to my SIP (I have a special investigation panel, I set it up). It is going to investigate all the vehicle purchases, contributions to the police and the distribution of those vehicles in the last three years; we are going to look into that.

“When I took over, there was no vehicle, even the vehicle I would use. I discovered the last IG went away with 24 vehicles; the DIGs, some of them eight, some of them seven. The IG’s vehicles included two BMW 7 series, one armoured; and he left me with an old car.

“The last time I followed the President with it, he was asking me, ‘what are you doing with this old car’ because if you see the headlight, the thing has changed colour, which means they parked it and rains and everything had fallen on it, but the new ones that were bought, he (Arase) went with all of them; they are part of the 24.

“I wrote back to him and said, we have a policy that says when a policeman retires, if you are an IG, AIG, a CP, you are entitled to some vehicles; please, the extra, return it. Four vehicles are enough for an average human being, but what will you even do with four vehicles; but he took 24 vehicles, including two BMW cars.

“I wrote to him (Arase), I wrote to the DIGs.”

He said he was baffled that cars that were parked at the force headquarters transport department disappeared just a week before he assumed duties as Inspector General.

“If you look through the windows of my former office and from the report from my (Force) transport officer, you would see cars but a week to the day I would resume, all these cars disappeared.”

However, Mr. Arase denied the allegation, describing it as a malicious propaganda.

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No Group Will Illegally Occupy Nigerian Communities Under My Watch- Arase

Solomon Arase, the Inspector-General of Police, on Thursday assured that no group will overrun the country or illegally occupy any part of it under his watch as the chief police officer.

Mr. Arase gave the assurance in Abuja at a public hearing on the influx of herdsmen to Benue, organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on Police Affairs.

He said the Nigeria Police Force have so far arrested 18 people in connection with the attacks in Benue communities.

“Every life lost diminishes humanity as a whole,” Mr. Arase said. “I have taken an oath to effectively police and protect every security space in Nigeria.

“And I will continue to do that within the ambit of the law and to the best of my ability and that of my officers and men.

“And I make bold to say that the Nigerian State cannot be overrun by hoodlums, I can assure you.”

Mr. Arase said the NPF had developed initiatives to restore normalcy and ensure peace in the state.

“I had a town hall meeting with stakeholders in Benue where each of the parties presented their positions, both verbally and in writing.

“It was a very protracted argument and before leaving, I was able to come up with some strategies on how to mitigate this crisis which I presented to the government of Benue and Nasarawa states,” he said.

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IGP Gives Automatic Promotion To 9 Policemen In Nasarawa

Alhaji Lawal Shehu-Batsari, Commissioner of Police, Nasarawa State, on Wednesday decorated nine policemen offered special promotion by Mr Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police during his recent visit to the state.


The IGP was impressed by their display during a parade by the sentry guards of the command on March 4.


He directed that they be given automatic promotion to their next rank.


The policemen, seven corporals and two constables were decorated with their new ranks by the commissioner.


Those promoted to sergeant are Laraba Iliya, Dodo Philip, Mabel Philip, Raphael Agida, Tasala Edeh, Daniel Gabriel and Bamaiyi Adigiri, while Josiah Nmadu and Abel Nmadu were moved from the rank of constable to corporal.


The commissioner challenged them to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation through unwavering commitment to their job.


Shehu-Batsari thanked the IGP for the gesture, saying that it would spur other policemen to be more proactive in their assignment.


“To whom much is given, much is expected. You should be forthright, honest and dedicated in protecting the lives and properties of law-abiding citizens of this country.

You should be able to bring purposeful leadership to the force”, he said.


Shehu-Batsari warned policemen under the command against any act of corruption, saying anyone caught would be dealt with.


The commissioner stressed that as law enforcement officers, police personnel must always conduct themselves within the ambit of the law.


He commended the promoted officers and advised others to also aspire to excel.


“We believe that promotion is an incentive of encouraging officers to do more in terms of service to their father land.

“Those promoted have worked very hard in their respective fields and in their respective positions,” he said.


Sgt. Agida, who responded on behalf of the promoted policemen, thanked the IGP for the gestures, saying it would spur them to do more in the discharge of their responsibilities.



Aisha Buhari, Bello, Arase Visit Late Minister’s Family (PHOTOS)

Government officials at the federal and state levels today visited the home of the late Minister of State for Labour, James Ocholi, to commiserate with his family.

Ocholi, his wife, and one of his sons had lost their lives on Sunday in a car crash along the Abuja-Kaduna Expressway, shocking the nation.

Among those who visited his home today were the Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha; the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, and the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase.

The officials, who paid tribute to the late Ocholi, all signed the condolence register before leaving.

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; the Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, were among those who visited the home.




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Police Plan Psychiatric Test For Recruits, Serving Officers

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has said that the Nigeria Police Force is considering conducting psychiatric test on recruits and serving officers. Arase stated this at the Nigeria Police Force Health Policy Revalidation meeting in Abuja yesterday.

He said that the initiative became necessary following incidents of indiscriminate use of firearms by personnel of the force.

The IG said that in adequate manpower had exposed officers and men to working for longer hours. He said that the force was also considering establishing a ‘trauma centre’ for its officers and men because of the nature of their job.

‘I Will Transform The Nigerian Police To Be More People Friendly’ – Arase

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday canvassed for a strong Police Force for effective policing of Nigeria. Dambazau stated this during a familiarisation visit to the Nigeria Police Force headquarters, Abuja.  “Police is the most strategic as far as internal security is concerned.


“The issue of Public safety and internal security mostly rests squarely on the shoulders of the police, the others are merely complimenting their efforts,“he said. He charged the police leadership to work toward changing the bad perception of Nigerians about activities of the police. “We must do a lot to change the perception about the Nigeria Police Force.

“We want to have strong police force that will be able to face emerging modern challenges. “We have a plan to look at the short and long terms in repositioning the Force,“he said. Dambazau stressed the need for a strong policy on carrier projection in the force.

On prison congestion, the minister said that the police had a major role to play in the decongestion of Nigerian prisons by ensuring in depth investigation of cases. He also said that there was a need for the police to investigate allegations thoroughly before taking the matter to court, to avoid delay.

“Where you don’t have detailed and almost near perfect investigation it will become very difficult to prosecute and more people will be awaiting trial,“he said. The minister charged the police to articulate policies that would enhance the welfare of both serving and retired officers.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, stressed the need to review the funding mechanism for the police. Arase said that it was only through adequate funding of the police that the performance gap in policing could be addressed. He reiterated the force’s support to the administration of the minister to succeed in its quest to reposition the police.

“In this regard, and trusting in your continuous support and motivation, permit me to affirm my determination to transform the police to a more people-friendly police,“he said. In a remark, the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Mr Mike Okiro, charged officers and men of the Force to be committed to their duty.

Okiro said that they owed the Nigerian public a duty to provide security at all times. He commended the leadership of the police for its efforts at ensuring professionalism. The minister also inspected facilities at the complex, including the Police Hall of Fame and museum.

Onitsha Protest: Arase Orders Arrest Of Pro-Biafra, MASSOB Agitators

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase has issued a stern warning to MASSOB and IPOB activists to stop threatening public peace or face the full weight of the law.


The warning followed the observation by the Nigeria Police Force leadership of the increasing resort to acts of brigandage by sets of misguided individuals who apparently are hiding under the cloak of Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to threaten national security and public peace in parts of South East geopolitical Zone and some other conterminous States.

“The latest manifestation of this threat is the attempt to blockade the Onitsha end of Niger Bridge on 1st December, 2015, an action that caused major hardship to innocent and law abiding motorists, and citizens. The act also occasioned serious dislocation of business activities,” a statement issued by acting Police PRO, Olabisi Kolawole.

The Inspector-General of Police noted that the increasing resort to acts of brigandage of this nature is pointing to a clear attempt by the brains behind these protests to test the will of security agencies to restore order and guarantee internal cohesion. For the avoidance of doubts, the IGP further noted that the restoration and maintenance of law and public order, and protection of lives and property remain sacred and statutory Mandate of the Nigeria Police. This Mandate, according to him, shall be fully executed in the overriding interests of the nation and vast majority of citizens and residents of the South East geopolitical Zone.

Consequently, the Inspector-General of Police has directed the mobilisation and deployment of Police Mobile Force (PMF) across the country to reinforce security in the State Commands that MASSOB and IPOB are currently attempting to utilise as launching pad for their sinister intentions.


The Assistant Inspectors – General of Police Zone 5, (Benin); Zone 6, (Calabar) and Zone 9 (Umuahia) as well as all Commissioners of Police in the affected States in the South East and neigbouring States have also been directed to henceforth maximally exercise their statutory Mandate in relation to prevention and disruption of any gathering that threatens public order and national cohesion. Any person or group of persons so arrested in furtherance to the enforcement of this order will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

To this end, the Inspector-General of Police advises parents and guardians to call their children and wards to order as the patience of the Force is being stretched to the limit. He firmly affirmed that no individual or group interest can override the interest of the nation and that democratic values provide for exploration of rule of law to advance any concern, not the resort to endless and misguided acts of brigandage, unless there is an ulterior motive as the extant instance tends to dictate. He concluded by asserting that the Nigeria Police Force will not fold its law enforcement arms to allow few misguided elements to continually force hardships on fellow Nigerians either in the South East or any other part of the nation for that matter.


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We Need N8.7billion To Effectively Fight Boko Haram – IG Of Police, Solomon Arase

Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase says the Nigerian Police Force will require N8.7billion to effectively fight Boko Haram. Arase said this while speaking at an interactive session with members of the House of Representatives Committee on Police Affairs today November 26th.

He told the house members that there was a N57bn outstanding due to the Nigerian police that was appropriated but has not been released till date.

Police Stops Armed Robbers From Carting Away N120m After Robbing A Bank In Port-Harcourt

A robbery attack on a new generation bank located in Trans Amadi in Port Harcourt, Rivers State was foiled today by the State Police Command.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmad Mohammed, the command responded to a distress call that led to them trailing the fleeing robbers.

The Police PRO told Channels Television that the gang of eight who were fleeing in two utility vehicles engaged his men in a gun battle but the robbers were over powered.

In his words, the main vehicle used for the operation was recovered and found to be carrying the stolen bags of money, which after counting was in the range of 120million naira.

Arase Moves To Remove Lamorde As EFCC Chair- Report

The Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, has written to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission indicating his plan to recall all police officers who have so far served in the commission for five years, authoritative sources at the police headquarters in Abuja say.

In a letter, with reference number CB/33/80/IGP.SEC/Abj/Vol.52/60, and dated July 14, 2015, Mr. Arase directed the EFCC to compile a list of all officers in the category, and forward to his office without delay.

Sources said the directive, if implemented, would affect key leaders and investigators at the anti-graft agency – including the EFCC chairman – who has also spent more than five years at the commission.

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Fake Police Officer Operates In Lagos For 12 Years Unnoticed

A fake police officer who has been operating in Lagos for the past 12 years was arrested when he told operatives he did not know who Solomon Arase, the IGP is.

Godwin Akhenamen has fooled his friends, family, community and even himself for 12 years as he operated as a police officer. »
But his luck finally came to a halt when he was
arrested by the Lagos State Police Command X – Squad in Ikeja, on Monday, June 6, 2015.

Seeing his bearded face and unkempt uniform, the operatives asked him who he was and he promptly identified himself as a police officer complete with an identity card.

Not satisfied, an operative asked him who
Solomon Arase, the Inspector General of Police, is, but to their surprise, Akhenamen replied that he does know anyone with that name and neither does he have a problem with the person.

He was promptly bundled into the Squad’s
vehicle and driven to the state command office where, upon interrogation, Akhenamen
confessed that he has been a fake police office for the past 12 years. He even told his interrogators that he did what he due to his love for the force and has been surviving as an officer of the law » all those years.

He further confessed that he had tried to join the force about 15 years ago but was not successful since he had no primary education but that disappointment did not stop him as he borrowed money and sowed a uniform and boom, he has realised his ‘dream’.

The state police has said he will soon be charged to court after investigations.

Police IG Proposes Partnership With ICPC To Fight Corruption In Nigeria

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Solomon Arase, on Wednesday urged the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to collaborate with the Police to strengthen the campaign against corruption.

Arase made the call in Abuja when he visited the ICPC Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta.

He identified staff training as a major area of collaboration.

“All along, there have been areas where we have been able to cooperate. And all I have come to seek is further cooperation to ensure that we are able to drive our anti-corruption crusade to its logical conclusion.

“And one of the areas I feel we can further cement our relationship is if we are able to encourage joint training in our various training institutions. It is a very veritable ground for our operatives to train together because if they train together, then they get to know themselves better.”

Arase said that since he assumed duty, he had continued to work assiduously to change the perception of Nigerians about the police force.

According to him, his administration has adopted a policy that will enable the police to reverse the trend.

He added that the removal of road blocks from the nation’s highways was one of the steps taken to reverse the trend.

The inspector-general said that the force had introduced motorised patrol and a technical platform where members of the public could effectively interact with the police.

He said that the platform was created to enable Nigerians to interact with the police while monitoring the conduct of its men on the highways.

Responding, Nta expressed appreciation for the visit and said that ICPC would do all it could to make sure that the collaboration was a success.

He said that the emergence of Arase as IG had led to tremendous transformations that had been of benefit to Nigerians.

Nta said: “The case tracking analysis and zero tolerance to police-citizens interface, initiatives of the police boss are steps in the right direction to change the perception of Nigerians about the police.”

He said that over the years, ICPC had relied extensively on police formations across the country during its investigations.

10 Months After, 27 Police Officers Missing In Gwoza “Not Dead” – IG of Police

Twenty seven police officers who went missing after Boko Haram terrorists seized Gwoza in Borno State in August, 2014, may still be found after 10 months, as the Nigerian government believes they are not dead, the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, said on Tuesday.

The police IG said the police have not been officially declared dead yet. He spoke on Tuesday this while responding to questions from journalists after inaugurating the Board of Directors of the Nigeria Police Property Development and Construction Company Ltd.

The I-G explained that the police would follow its tradition of declaring officers that got missing in battle dead after the lapse of a period of time which he declined to give. “About our colleagues, who are missing in Gwoza, there is a tradition in the police force.
When officers are missing in battle, we do not declare them dead or missing until after a period has lapsed. So, we are still waiting for that period to lapse, and if we cannot find them after that time, then, we will formally declare them either dead or missing,” Mr. Arase said.

Thirty five police officers were declared missing on August 20, 2014 after the insurgents attacked a police academy in Gwoza. However, the Police spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, later told journalists that eight of them were found, leaving 27 still missing.

The police IG said the current police management was passionate about the welfare of the inspectors, rank and file, who were mostly operational personnel. Mr. Arase said the welfare of those categories of personnel needed to be given priority to ensure that corruption was stamped out of the force. He announced that 36,000 personnel would by next week proceed on training that would lead to their promotion to the next rank. “We have a social contract with our inspectors, rank and file,’’ he said.

The seven-man board is chaired by the Inspector-General of Police. The I-G, on June 4, mandated the Police Works Department to build 6,000 units of modern houses for the rank and file personnel. Five hundred units of the houses are to be located in each of the 12 police zonal commands across the nation. (NAN)

How Nigerian Police Officers Detained MD, Collected N500K Bail

A Managing Director in the Lekki area of Lagos, Mr. Abiye Karibi-Whyte, has petitioned the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos, to investigate his alleged abduction by the police and the N500,000 that was paid for his bail.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Karibi-Whyte, who alleged that he was apprehended by the police in the Lekki area for no justifiable reason, said he was taken to Awka, Anambra State, and detained for three days.
He added that he was made to pay N500,000 before he could secure his bail.

Our correspondent gathered that on Tuesday, April 28, Karibi-Whyte was called on the telephone to pick up a parcel in the Lekki area. However, it was learnt that when he got to the location, some policemen whisked him away after allegedly torturing him.

In the petition, dated May 6, Karibi-Whyte described the treatment he received from the policemen as harsh, adding that it made him felt that they were kidnappers.
He said,
“At about 5.30pm, I was called to pick up a DHL parcel by a caller whose phone number was 08178115226. However, when I got to the place, I was met by a man known as Jagaban, who introduced himself as a policeman. He slapped me and accused me of being a ritual killer.
“Two other armed men joined him and they beat me up. They handcuffed me and threw me in the back of my car with my driver. I kept asking them what I had done, but they told me to shut up. At a point, I was terrified as I was no longer sure they were policemen.
“They said they were heading for Ikeja. Later, I was told that I was not actually the one they were looking for and that they would let me go if I took them to a certain individual called Dapo Balogun, who was a man I knew.
“After passing the night in a cell, the policemen took me round Lagos the following day to find Balogun. I was given no access to my friends or family to know my whereabouts. Later that day they used my phone to call one of my friends, Yemi, who was picked up in the same manner.”
Our correspondent learnt that Balogun was later arrested by the operatives on that day, after raiding his residence.
Karibi-Whyte said after the police had apprehended the suspect, they still detained him and transferred him to the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Awka, Anambra State.
He said,
 “At about 3am on the third day, Dapo Balogun, six of his friends, Yemi, my driver and I were put into vehicles and taken to Awka, Anambra State.
“On April 30, we arrived in Awka, and thereafter, I was asked by the police team leader how much I was willing to pay to be released. I told him I had no money. He said if I could pay N500,000, he would let me go. He allowed me to reach my family on the telephone and they sent the money to the police.”
Our correspondent learnt that the family paid into an Ecobank account number 0672010144.
“The account number belonged to one Okafor Ikechukwu. I was asked to sign a bail bond after the payment and I was released. My car, however, remained detained at the police command.
“My three-day abduction has caused severe shock and distress to my family and friends. The policemen subjected me to torture. Please, kindly investigate this matter and bring the culprits to book,” Karibi-Whyte added.
The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Eze, said Karibi-Whyte should make a formal report to the state Commissioner of Police.
He said,
 “I have not heard of any report of such. If the complainant is very sure of what he is saying, let him write a petition to the Commissioner of Police or to the Police Public Relations’ office. I promise you that we will look into it.”

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Policemen Shoot Tanker Driver To Death For Giving Them N20 Instead Of N50 Bribe

The Bauchi State Police Command has detained three policemen over the death of a tanker driver in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

DailyTrust reports that the deceased was allegedly shot to death by one of the three policemen because he gave the cops N20, instead of the N50, they demanded for.

Two witnesses, Alhaji Sani Uba Ningi and MallamAminu, said when the driver refused to give the policemen the N50, they pursued him to Guduba village, four kilometers away from Ningi, where one of them opened fire on him.
They said angry mob attempted to kill the accused policemen, but that they were saved by passersby, who later handed them over to the Area Commander.

IGP Promotes Overdue Officers In Anambra

The Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase recently promoted long overdue officers in Anambra while on a visit to the state.

The IGP also commended Wille Obiano’s community-police partnership which has being helping to reduce crime and criminal activities.

During his courtesy visit to the governor of the state and the police command, he assured of commissioning a police post in Enugwu-Ukwu.

The IGP commissioned the state of the Art Communication and Control Room Base for the Joint Operation Team built by the Anambra state government

From Inspecting the building, the IGP held a familiarization meeting with his men and other security chiefs in the state who were on ground to welcome him. He commended their team spirit in fighting crime in the state and urged them to continue, assuring them of his continued support.

The State Commissioner of Police highlighted their major challenges but not without mentioning all the support they have received from the state government in terms of infrastructure and welfare.

One by one, policemen with complaints opened up and  also the case of Mr. Obot Okon who was demoted for an offence he had been punished for drew the sympathy of the IGP who instantly ordered his promotion and decoration.

The IGP announced the promotion to the next rank of all the policemen that mounted sentry as he observed excellence in their performance.

In his response, the governor said his priority was to get Anambra state to the level of being the safest state in the country, for that would not only bring peace and stability but for meaningful development.

Arase Confirmed IGP As Jonathan Gives Reasons Abba Was Sacked

The Police Council yesterday confirmed Mr Solomon Arase as the new Inspector-General of Police (IGP).

His confirmation came exactly three weeks when he was appointed ?Acting IGP on April 21 after President Goodluck Jonathan sacked former IGP Suleiman Abba.

Arase,  who is the 18th  IGP, is one of the fastest police bosses to be confirmed.

This is even as President Jonathan explained that Abba was sacked because  the rank and file under him were very indisciplined.

Arase told State House correspondents, “?I have just been confirmed.”

The IGP said: “We talked about the security challenges we are having? and our strategic responses to addressing them. I can assure Nigerians that we are going to address these issues”.

On what he was bringing on board since his confirmation was coming at a time Nigeria is said to be experiencing the worst security situation in recent times, he said, “No, I don’t think that is true. ?I don’t think it is the worst security situation we are facing. There is no society that is actually crime-free, but we are trying to ensure that it is within tolerable level. It is not as bad as the public perceived it.

To his officers and men as well as Nigerians; Arase said: “To my men, I will tell them that their welfare will be number one on ?my cardinal responsibilities. You don’t motivate a workforce except their welfare is paramount. I’m going to ensure that their welfare is going to be put on the front burner.

“To Nigerians, I know that their expectations are high, but I can assure them that no Nigerian will suffer any injustice by my inaction or action”.

On the banning of roadblocks, he said, “we already have an enforcement policy in place. Sixteen teams have moved out across the length and breadth of this country to ensure there is strict compliance to that order”.

Also speaking, the Chairman of Police Service Commission and former IGP, Sir Mike Okiro, said the council discussed issues bordering on security and how to ensure that Nigerians live in peace.

On why Abba was removed, Okiro said going by the explanation President Jonathan gave when one of the governors raised the question, the rank and file under him were very indisciplined.

Okiro said: “I may not attempt to answer that question because I’m not part of the Presidency that removed him, so I cannot give adequate answer. Though at the meeting, he tried to explain to members, based on the question raised by one of the governors that Nigerians may want to know why the former IGP was removed.

“The President, very briefly said, during the period of the former IGP, a lot of indiscipline was noticed among the rank and file of the police and as such, he felt that a new IGP should come and try his luck. That is what he said, though I cannot give details of that.” Okiro noted.


Sacked IGP Suleiman Abba Very Angry; Refused To Handover Officially

There was confusion at the Force Headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday as the sacked Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, stalled the formal handover to his successor, Solomon Arase, until he was compelled to do so by order from above by the Presidency.

In fact, many former Inspectors-General of Police have expressed reservations over the manner Abba, a fine officer, was removed from office just because President Goodluck Jonathan was defeated.

The handover ceremony which was slated for 8am with invitations sent to journalists for coverage from the office of the Force Public Relations Officer, did not take place until almost 4pm.

According to Abba’s aides, when they visited his official residence at Maitama, he said he was yet to receive any official letter informing him to hand over and he heard the news of his sack on radio and television just like other Nigerians.

Abba was said to have removed all his personal belongings before leaving the office around 11.20pm after he heard the announcement of his sack in the media on Tuesday.

Reporters who converged in their numbers early in the morning for the handover, were disappointed as they were not allowed access to Force Headquarters. No reasons, according to sources, were given for the delay in the handing over ceremony.

3 DIGs protest appointment of Arase
Meanwhile, uncertainty continued to pervade Force Headquarters after it was reliably gathered that three of the serving Deputy Inspectors-General of Police were holding an emergency secret meeting in one of the offices on the 6th floor of the headquarters building.

Feelers from the meeting indicated that they resolved to protest the appointment of their contemporary, Arase, DIG Intelligence, as acting Police boss on the grounds that they were all promoted same day on February 20, 2014.

The three DIGs were also said to have sworn to contest the appointment of Arase to the highest level because they were not well treated by his appointment. While tension generated by the ugly development threw Force Headquarters into confusion, other top officers were seen in different moods.

Many of them stood in groups discussing the development in hushed tones.

Abba’s Sacking Immediately After Elections Suspicious – ACF

The Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, has demanded explanations from President Goodluck Jonathan over his sacking of the Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba on Tuesday.

President Jonathan had sacked the Police chief yesterday, giving no reason for his sack. He also appointed an Assistant Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, as the acting IG.

Chairman of the forum and a former Inspector-General of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie, who spoke to Channels Television in an interview, pointed out that the sacking of the IGP few days after the last general elections and just over a month to the handover of power to a new government is suspicious and raised questions of a political motive.

Mr. Coomasie noted that rather than removing Mr Abba unceremoniously, what the president ought to have done was allow him to continue in office until the next government comes in and determine his fate alongside other service chiefs, most of whom have been accused one time or the other of being partisan.

He insisted that the president’s sacking of Mr. Abba while retaining other service chiefs has created room for suspicion on what could be the motive behind his action.

The ACF Chairman, therefore, called on President Jonathan to explain to Nigerians, his reason for sacking the former IGP in order not to give room for speculations and allegations from different quarters.