The National Assembly’s Red Chambers confirmed on Wednesday the nomination of former Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase (rtd), as the new chairman of the Police Service Commission.
The confirmation of Arase as the Chairperson of the Police Service Commission (PSC) was a result of the evaluation of a report presented by the Committee on Police Affairs.
The Chairperson of the committee, Jika Halliru (APC-Bauchi), presented the report and stated that Arase’s nomination was in accordance with Section 154, Sub-section 1 of the 1999 Constitution and Sections 2 (A) and (B) of the Police Service Commission Establishment Act 2001, which requires the President to nominate Nigerians of proven integrity as members of the PSC.
Halliru also shared that the committee’s screening of Mr. Arase showed that he met the necessary legal requirements and was deemed the appropriate person for the role.
He added that the committee was satisfied and impressed with how Arase competently answered all questions posed to him during the screening process. Based on his qualifications and relevant experience, the committee recommended that the senate confirm his appointment as Chairman of PSC.
President Muhammadu Buhari had previously requested the Senate to confirm Arase’s appointment in a letter read during plenary on Tuesday, stating that the appointment was in accordance with the provisions of Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution.
Other members of the senate also praised Arase’s academic profile and career, with Ajayi Borofice (APC-Ondo) describing his nomination as a “round peg in a round whole” and Mathew Urhoghide (PDP-Edo) commending President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating him.
With his confirmation, Arase will now take over the position from Musiliu Smith who recently resigned as chairman.