PANDEF criticizes removal of Solomon Arase as Police Service Commission Chair


The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), the apex socio-cultural body representing the people of the Niger Delta region, has expressed strong opposition to the removal of Solomon Arase as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).

On June 10, 2024, President Bola Tinubu appointed retired Deputy Inspector General of Police, Hashimu Argungu, as the new PSC chair, replacing Arase, a former Inspector General of Police.

In a statement released on Sunday, June 16, 2023, PANDEF's national chairman, Emmanuel Essien, described Arase's removal as unjust. Essien argued that Arase had been an effective and respected leader of the PSC, and his dismissal was unwarranted.

“PANDEF views Arase’s removal as unwarranted, and an unnecessary provocation that reflects negatively on Tinubu’s administration, indicating a lack of regard for the nation’s laws that Mr. President swore to uphold and protect.

“This singular act further portrays this administration as one that does not prioritize competence, integrity, and efficiency; sacrificing merit on the altar of favoritism,” PANDEF said.

Arase, a native of Edo State in the South-South region of Nigeria, was appointed in January 2023 by former President Muhammadu Buhari but his tenure as PSC chair lasted about 16 months of the four-year term.

“According to Section 3, subsection (1)a of the Police Service Commission Act 2002, subject to the provisions of Section 4 of the Act, a member of the Commission, other than ex-officio members, shall each hold office for a term of four years and no more.”

PANDEF urged Tinubu to tell Nigerians, and the world, at large, the reason or reasons for Arase’s removal. “We stand against injustice, oppression, and likewise, misconduct.”

The group said any attempt to marginalise the people of the Niger Delta region and the South-South geopolitical zones would not be taken lightly.
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