On a day he was on an official visit to Owerri, Imo State, over the attacks on police facilities by unknown gunmen, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, received the shock of his life as one his subordinates, Usman Alkali Baba, a deputy inspector-general of police (DIG) was announced as his replacement.
Baba, 58, who enlisted into the Nigeria Police in 1988, says he would
enhance police primacy in Nigeria through the provision of a motivational and credible leadership driven by professional knowledge, ethics, among others.
Announcing Baba’s appoiment, Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said: “distinguished gentlemen of the press, the tenure of the IGP Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by Mr. President to enable a detailed process of appointing a new IGP, in line with section 15 (A) of the 1999 Constitution.
“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, PSE, FDC, with immediate effect.
“These changes are in line with the determination of Mr. President to rejig the security architecture 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 are fully prioritised and implemented to enable the police perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians.
“Mr. President 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.”
Asked the President did not allow the outgoing IGP to spendt the three months of extension, he said: “Mr. President is aware of this and you cannot take away that responsibility from him; he’s the one who is in charge of appointing or extending tenures.
“He has now decided to appoint a new person. So please allow him that responsibility and we cannot do anything about it. Thank you”
The New IGP’s Policing Vision
To enhance police primacy in Nigeria through the provision of a motivational and credible leadership driven by professional knowledge, ethics, emotional intelligence tools, and strategic planning and operational models that are directed at stabilizing internal security and modernizing police operations, facilities and standards within the framework of citizens, consent, trust, and rule of law.
Born on 1st March, 1963 on Gaidam, Yobe State, the Acting IGP enlisted in the Nigeri Police on 15th March, 1988.
He was until his appointment a 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 also has a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.