The Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari has from his health vacation in London, announced the appointment of Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector General of Police, with immediate effect, ending the controversial extension of IGP Mohammed Adamu’s tenure.
The news was made public by the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi to the journalists on Tuesday in Abuja during a media briefing.
The Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP) has been widely referred to as a police officer with a human face, who displays very rare quality of human touch mostly lacking in policing affairs in Nigeria.
Usman A Baba has served in various capacities in the Nigerian police, he was the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in-charge of Zone-5 Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi, Zone-7 Abuja, Commissioner of Police FCT and Delta Commands amongst others.
In November, 2020, then AIG Alkali was moved from his former position – the Force Secretary to the Ag. DIG in-charge Finance and Administration, a post he held till his elevation to the Inspector General of Police.
Acting IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc (+), fdc holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) and a BA (ED) in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano.
A fellow of the National Defence College and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, he has attended several professional courses/workshops.
Usman Alkali Baba will take over from Muhammed Adamu whose tenure was extended by President Buhari on February 4th for three months.
Pundits were full of optimism on his appointment, saying maybe this time President Buhari has made a right choice in appointing the new acting IGP.