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. Mr. Arase, 59, was born on June 21, 1956. He hails from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo state. 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.