Solomon Arase

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Solomon Ehigiator Arase
18th Inspector General of Police
In office
April 2015 – June 21, 2016
Preceded bySuleiman Abba
Succeeded byIbrahim Kpotun Idris
Personal details
Born (1956-06-21) 21 June 1956 (age 62)
Oredo, Edo State, Nigeria
Alma mater
OccupationPolice Officer
AwardsNational Police Medal (2013)

Solomon Ehigiator Arase (born June 21, 1956) is a retired Nigerian police officer who served as the 18th Inspector-General of Nigerian Police. He was appointed IGP in 2015 by President Goodluck Jonathan after his former boss Suleiman Abba was sacked.[1]Before his appointment as IGP, Arase was head of the topmost intelligence gathering unit of the Nigerian police, the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Arase was born on June 21, 1956 in Oredo, 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.[2] He also obtained another bachelor's degree in Law from University of Benin as well as Masters from University of Lagos.[3]

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. [3]

Arase retired from the force on June 21, 2016.[4] On June 21, 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Ibrahim Kpotum Idris as Acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force.[5] 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.[6]


  1. ^ Vanguard Newspaper. "Jonathan sacks Suleiman Abba, appoints Arase". Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  2. ^ a b "How I will spend the rest of my life — Ex-Police IG, Solomon Arase". Premium Times. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b Nnennah, Ibeh. "Meet Nigeria's new Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase". Premium Times. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Six DIG's to be retired as Arase bows out - Vanguard News". 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  5. ^ "Buhari congratulates new Acting IGP Ibrahim Idris as Arase bows out - Vanguard News". 2016-06-21. Retrieved 2016-08-07.
  6. ^ Funsho, Akinwale. "Former IGP, Solomon Arase, gets new job". Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2018.