The President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday has appointed a new inspector general of Police
With immediate effect, Buhari appoints Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Usman Baba, as the new acting Inspector-General of Police.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi during a press briefing disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.
Recall that President Buhari had on February 4, 2021, extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for three months, Baba however is taking over from Mohammed Adamu
His appointment is subject to the approval of the Council of State meeting expected to be convened soon.
Adamu has only spent about two months out of the three-month extension before he was sacked on Tuesday.
In announcing Baba’s appointment, the minister recalled that the extension granted Adamu was to allow for a detailed process of appointing a new IGP in line with Section 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution.
He said, “After a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs, who are eligible police officers, eligible for appointment as IGP, in line with Section 7, subsection 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020), and having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service and competence, Mr President has approved the appointment of an acting IGP, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.
“These changes are in line with the determination of Mr President to rejig the security architecture of the country, to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.
“Mr President has therefore charged the new appointee to rise to the challenge to ensure policing reform policy of this administration is fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police to perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
“MrPresident thanks the outgoing IGP, Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure. He wished him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Usman Baba was born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State, and enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.
He was, until his new appointment, the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
He holds a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State in 1980.
He obtained a BA (ED) Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985.
The Acting IGP who graduated University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997 has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA)