Tony Ailemen, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Kpotun Idris, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, as IGP Solomon Arase, retires from the Police Force.
The Acting Inspector-General, who hails from Kutigi, Lavun in Niger State, was born on 15th of January 1959, and was enlisted into the Nigerian Police Force in 1984, after graduating from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a Bachelors degree in Agriculture.
A statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and publicity, Femi Adesina indicates that the acting Inspector General of Police, also holds a degree in Law from the University of Maiduguri.
AIG Idris has served in various commands and formations in the Nigerian Police Force, working in the Police Mobile Force for 17 years as Unit Commander, Squadron Commander, and Commandant. He served as Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa and Kano States and was also the Commissioner of Police in charge of Police Mobile Force at the Force Headquarters.
He was also at the United Nations Mission in Liberia and East Timor and was awarded “Medal of Merit” by the President of the Republic of East Timor in recognition of his service.
AIG Idris, who was in charge of Operations at the Force Headquarters before his appointment as the Acting Inspector-General of Police, will act in that capacity pending his confirmation.
It will be recalled that Arase, the outgoing IGP was too over as acting IGP ON THE 21st of April, 2015, soon after the general election
He had served in various capacities including, Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, an intelligence gathering arm of the Nigerian police.
He was also head of the Force CID, the arm that provides Intelligence on Crime and National Security.
Mr. Arase, 60, was born on June 21, 1956 and 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.