Breaking: Senate Confirms Arase As Chairman Police Service Commission

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s plea that his nominee for the position of chairman Police service commission,PSC, Dr Solomon Ehigiator Arase , a former Inspector General of Police be expeditiously confirmed by the Senate, Senators in the red chambers Wednesday confirmed his appointment less than 24 hours Buhari’s request was conveyed in a correspondence to them

The former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Solomon Arase, replaces Musliu Smith as the new chairman, Police Service Commission, PSC.

Smith was also a former Inspector General of Police

Arase was confirmed after his screening and recommendation by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs, chaired by Senator Jika Haliru (Bauchi Central).

Presenting the report of the committee to the Senate in plenary, Senator Haliru said Arase performed creditable well during the screening exercise and proved that he has capacity to lead the PSC as its chairman.

The Senate after adopting the report, unanimously confirmed the former IGP as the substantive chairman of the commission.

It would be recalled President Muhammadu Buhari in a letter to the Senate on Tuesday which was read on the floor of the Red Chamber by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmad Lawan asked the Red Chamber to consider and screen the nominee for the post of the PSC.

The president said the appointment is in accordance with the provision of section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Who is Dr. Solomon Ehigiator Arase?

Born 21 June 1956, Dr Solomon Arase was a retired Nigerian police officer who served as the 18th Inspector-General of Nigerian Police (IGP). He was appointed IGP in 2015 by President Goodluck Jonathan after Suleiman Abba was sacked. Before his appointment as IGP, Arase was head of the topmost intelligence gathering unit of the Nigerian police, the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau.

Life and Career:

Arase was born on June 21, 1956 in Owan West Local Government , Edo state in Southern Nigeria. He attended Ahmadu Bello University for his undergraduate studies and graduated with political science degree in 1980. He was recruited into the Nigerian Police a year after on December 1, 1981. He also obtained another bachelor’s degree in Law from University of Benin as well as Masters from University of Lagos.

While in Police service, Arase served in various capacities including being Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State as well as serving 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.

Arase retired from the force on June 21, 2016. On June 21, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ibrahim Kpotum Idris as Acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force. After his retirement from Police service, Arase was appointed Chairman of a Task Force responsible for the implementation of a state Anti-Community Development Association Law in Edo State.


In October 2022, a Nigerian national honour of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR) was conferred on him by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Culled from The BigEye