Police boss retires

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Outgoing Police Boss, Solomon Arase.

The outgoing Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr. Solomon Arase says he is bowing out of office as a fulfilled man.

Mr. Arase says the Force now operates on international standards.

He spoke when he visited the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Abuja.

I am leaving the Force better than I met it…I gave Nigerians a Police Force that is effective and compliant with human rights dictates. A Police Force that is knowledge based, a Force that will not infringe on the Fundamental Human Rights of Nigerians. We now have a Police Force that is more responsive and I can attest to that,” he said.

He said he would love to see the status quo maintained by whoever succeeds him as the number one Police Officer.

“I will want us to maintain the standards, I will want to see a Police Force that respects the rights of Nigerians, that is able to win the hearts of Nigerians, that loves Nigeria because you cannot police a society without the public consent,” Arase stated.

He used the forum to thank the Personnel he worked with and Nigerians in general, for their overwhelming support.

“I thank the entire Nigerian Policemen and Officers and I will like to inform them that the hallmark of every profession is hard work and excellence and I enjoin them to be very loyal to government for that is the only way they can get to the top. I’m equally very grateful to all Nigerians for showing me a lot of love and appreciation. So I’m going into retirement a fulfilled man,” Mr. Arase stressed.

The outgoing Inspector General of Police is billed to retire today, June 21, having served for 35 years and attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years.