BREAKING NEWS: President Jonathan Sack IGP Abba, Appoints Solomon Arase

BREAKING NEWS: President Jonathan Sack IGP Abba, Appoints Solomon Arase

President Goodluck Jonathan has
fired Nigeria’s Inspector General of
Police, Suleiman Abba.
The sack was announced by the
president’s spokesperson, Reuben
Abati, in a statement on Tuesday.
No reason was given for the sack.
A Deputy Inspector General of
police, Solomon Arase, was
appointed to act in his stead.
Mr. Abba’s removal and the
assumption of office of his
replacement is with immediate effect.
Mr. Abati’s statement read in full,
“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
“Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and
Masters Degrees in Law, as well
as Bachelors and Masters Degrees
in Political Science and Strategic
“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
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 was also a former Aide-De-
Camp, ADC, to the wife of a former
military Head of State, Maryam
With his removal, Mr. Abba will
proceed of forced retirement four
years before he attains retirement
He was enlisted in the Nigerian police as cadet
inspector on December 31, 1984 and is actually
due for retirement on March 22, 2019.


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