There are strong indications that two senior police officers from the North-Central and South-East geo-political zones are being considered for the post of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), which will become vacant in June when the current IG, Solomon Arase, retires from the force.
Highly placed sources in government circles revealed on Sunday that the position of the nation’s top police officer has been zoned to the two regions, given that none of the zones is currently represented in the appointment of the nation’s security chiefs.
To correct the imbalance, sources said the Presidency may pick either DIG Dan’Azumi Job Doma from the North-Central or DIG Chintua Amajor-Onu from Abia State in the South-East, as a possible replacement of Arase.
Doma is in charge of the Admin and Finance at the Force Headquarters, while Chintua heads the department of Information and Communication Technology, also at the headquarters.
Arase will be retiring a little over a year after becoming Nigeria’s police chief. The Edo-born was appointed IG by former President Goodluck Jonathan in April 2015 and will attain the mandatory retirement age of 60 on June 21, 2016, after serving for 35 years.
Sources said he may proceed on a three-month pre-retirement leave this month, a situation that may pave way for the appointment of a new police boss earlier than June.
Arase was born on June 21, 1956. He hails from Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State. He joined the police with a degree in Political Science from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in 1981. The police boss also has bachelors and master’s degrees in Law.
Until his appointment as Inspector General of Police, Arase was the Head of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department.