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Biography/Profile & Career Of Nigeria’s New Inspector General Of Police Solomon Arase


Solomon Arase was born in Sapele Delta State on June 21, 1956 but hails from Oredo Local Government Council of Edo State. He enlisted in the Nigerian Police December 1, 1981.

Solomon Arase bagged a degree in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1980 and subsequently got a Masters Degree from the University of Benin in 1998.

He went further to read Law and got (BL) qualification certificate in 2001 and another LL.M in Corporate Management and  Finance Law in 2004.


Solomon Arase is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College (fdc). He has travelled to and studied in many countries, including the National Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA in 2011 and 2013.

He attended the workshop on Identifying Key Needs and Developing Training Best Practices on Counter Terrorism in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with focus on Counter-Terrorism, Rule of Law and National Security Management.IGP-Police-520x360

Solomon Arase served as the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti-Yaba, Lagos between 2009- 2011, he was Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom State Command, between August 2011 and March 2012, Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG) Force Intelligence Bureau at the Force Head Quarters, Abuja from March 2012 to August 2014. He is married with children.

Solomon Arase was appointed the Inspector General of Police on April 21, 2015 after the sack of former IGP Suleiman Abba. 

He enlisted into the Nigerian Police on December 1, 1981 after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1980, with a degree in Political Science.

A lawyer, Mr. Arase also has a Bachelor of Law degree and Masters of Law from the University of Benin and University of Lagos respectively.

He attended the Nigerian Law school and was called to the bar in 2000.

He also has a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Ibadan.

Mr. Arase has served in various commands and formations of the Nigerian police, including being the Commissioner of Police for Akwa Ibom State.

He was also an Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigation Bureau.

He served at the United Nations Mission in Namibia and is a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.

Mr. Arase is due for retirement on June 21, 2016.DIG-Solomon-Arase

Solomon Arase, the new Acting Inspector General of Police,  was, until his appointment, the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department,

The apex intelligence gathering arm of the Nigerian police,  the Force CID is the only arm of the police that provides Intelligence on Crime and National Security.

VIDEO: Interview with Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase


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