President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of DIG Usman Alkali Baba as acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
He replaces Mr Mohammed Adamu whose tenure was extended by 3 months in February by the President.
According to media reports, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, who disclosed this to State House Correspondents on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa Abuja, said the appointment takes immediate effect.
The president had on February 4, 2021, extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police for 3 months despite public criticism from some section of the media and even legal action.
The outgoing police boss has spent 2 months and 3 days out of the 3-months extension period.
The Minister said that Baba’s appointment was carefully made after the president considered issues of professionalism, competence, and numerous years of service.
The president urged DIG Usman Alkali Baba to among other things ensure that policing reform policies are fully prioritized to engender peace across the country.
The newly appointed acting inspector general of police born on March 1, 1963, and hails from Geidam in Yobe state, with a record of meritorious service over the years in the force.
He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Bayero Usman University, Kano in 1985 and holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) Degree from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State 1997.
This appointment is coming at a time the country is going through serious security challenges with several cases of kidnapping and bandit attacks with reported heavy casualties. This is also in addition to herdsmen/farmers clashes.