Mr. Solomon Arase, The Inspector General of Police (IGP) has revealed a shocking version of his life while growing up as a student studying political science at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Arase disclosed that as an undergraduate student, he was among students that hauled stones at the police with the perception that they were common enemies.
Arase stated this in Benin City on Thursday at the University Benin during his official visit to the Edo State Command to conclude a nationwide tour of inspection of 37 police commands in less than twelve months upon assumption of office as Inspector General of Police.
He recounted what occurred during the 1980s when the students on campus were divided along interest lines on the “Alli Must Go” uproar.
The IGP said that he remembered then that the police were drafted in to calm the situation among the students so as not to escalate beyond the campus.
“But then when we observed the presence of police in our midst on campus, as students, we instantly cut short our difference, became reunited to fight those (the police) we perceived as a common enemy.
“I remember, I was among students that hauled stones at the police. But then, see I am now the one at the helm as Inspector General of Police,” he reminisced
The IGP who was warmly received by the Vice Chancellor of University of Benin (UNIBEN), Prof. Faraday Orunmwense and management of the institution as an alumnus of the university, also reminisced on his sojourn as an undergraduate law student.
He applauded the present standard of the university as students can now graduate within the stipulated academic calendar unlike his days.
“I remember for one or two reasons following the number of times the school had to close down as a result of incessant strike action, it took me then about eight or nine years before I finally graduated from my law programme,” he said.