In a move believed to be political, President Goodluck Jonathan has sacked the Inspector General of Police Suleiman Abba and appointed Solomon Arase, a Deputy Inspector General of Police, as acting IGP.
President Jonathan has about 6 weeks left to spend in office.
Until his appointment, Arase was the head of the force’s Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.
Abba’s sack was announced by the president’s spokesperson, Dr. Reuben Abati, through his twitter handle @abati on Tuesday.
The removal of Abba and assumption of office of Arase are with immediate effect.
Mr. Abati’s 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. Abba was the 17th indigenous Inspector General of Police appointed.
He was appointed Inspector-General of Police on August 1 and his appointment was also with immediate effect.
Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Law, Political Science and Strategic Studies.
He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.
Mr. Abba, 56, became acting Inspector General on August 1, 2014 following the retirement of his predecessor, Mohammed Abubakar, after 35 years of public service.
He was confirmed substantive IGP on November 4, 2014.
Mr. Abba was until that appointment an Assistant Inspector General, AIG, in charge of Zone 7 Command, a position he occupied since May 25, 2012.
He is also a former Aide-De-Camp, ADC, to the wife of a former military Head of State, Maryam Abacha.
With his removal, Mr. Abba is proceeding on forced retirement, four years before he attains the retirement age.
He enlisted in the Nigerian police as Cadet Inspector on December 31, 1984 and is supposed to be due for retirement on March 22, 2019.