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President Buhari Shops for IGP Solomon Arase's Replacement...See Reason

President Buhari Shops for IGP Solomon Arase's Replacement...See Reason

IGP Solomon Arase

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently seeking a replacement for the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase who was appointed by the previous administration

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase would attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 in June this year, having clocked 35 years in service.

Appointed in April, 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan, following the removal of Barrister Sulaiman Abba, over alleged misconduct, the current Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase Arase, will bow out of office on June 21, 2016, when he would have clocked the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

About the same time, the Edo-born top police officer would have also served the Nigerian Police Force for 35 years.

Expectedly, with less than three months left, the jostle for who succeeds Arase has began in earnest, however, LEADERSHIP Weekend gathered on good authority, that the disposition of the President Muhammadu Buhari led government does not favour open lobby for all appointments and consequent upon that fact, it has reduced the usual open lobby that characterised such appointments in the past.

Although there are strong indications that the next Inspector General of Police is more likely to come from either North-Central or South-East geo-political zone, there is another school of thought that believes that rather than focusing on any particular geo-political zone for the next IGP, priority should be placed on competence and antecedents in view of the state of insecurity in the country.

Arase might proceed on a compulsory three month terminal leave any time in the next two weeks, preparatory for his retirement in line with the extant laws.

There is also another school of thought that believes even though competence and track records of service be considered above any other consideration in the appointment of a new police boss , both the North-Central and the South-East have such qualities in the police, particularly that a chart of appointments of the service and security chiefs shows that the Chief of Army Staff and Chief of Air Staff are from the North East, the North-West has the Director State Service, the South-West has Chief of Defence Staff and the South-South has Chief of Naval Staff and police IG, leaving out the South-East and North-Central.

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