No reason was given for the sack. A Deputy Inspector General of police, Solomon Arase, was appointed to act in his stead. The sack is with immediate effect. This was confirmed in a series of tweets by Presidential Spokesman/Media Adviser, Reuben Abati. Until his appointment as Mr. Abba’s replacement, Mr. Arase was the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department. Mr. Arase holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Strategic Studies. He is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Defence College.
Suleiman Abba, NPM, NPOM, mni meanwhile was the 17th Indigenous Inspector-General of Police and was appointed by Jonathan. He formally took over on August 1, 2014 taking over from former Police boss, IGP MD Abubakar (Rtd) who had run the police force affairs from 25th January, 2012. Abba was appointed on July 31, 2014, having completed 35 years of service.
Abba hails from Gwaram Local Government Area of Jigawa State holds degrees in History and Law and has attended several management and security courses within and outside Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Jos. He is known for his vast experience in criminal investigation, intelligence-led policing and crime-fighting operations.