By Lami Ibrahim
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase, as Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
The swearing in ceremony, which coincided with that of five members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), took place before the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
The ceremonies were held in the Executive Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Former IGP Arase took over as Chairman of the PSC, following the resignation of another former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith, who was reported to have been advised by the PSC Board to resign in September 2022.
Arase, 65, who retired in 2016, was the 18th indigenous Inspector-General of Police (between April 2015 and June 2016) and has served in various capacities, including as head of the Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Bureau, the foremost intelligence-gathering unit of the Nigerian police.
Arase promised to prioritise the welfare of officers and men of the Police Force.
He also promised to address the issue of corruption and the recurring issues between the IGP and the Police Service Commission.
The President also swore in five persons as members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB).
They are Murtala A. Kankia from Katsina to represent (North West); Zephaniah Ishaku Bulus from Nasarawa to represent (North Central) and Farouq Umar from Yobe state to represent (North East).
Others are: Abdulsalam Taofiq Olawale from Ondo State to represent (South West) and Prof. Juwaria Badamasiuyi from Kogi State to represent (North Central).
Council also observed a minute silence in honor of former Chief of General Staff, Lt. Gen. Oladipo Diya.
Diya, who served as the Chief of General Staff to the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, died on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at the age of 79.
He was Ogun military Governor from January 1984 to August 1985.