Nigeria appoints Baba as Police Chief


President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed DIG Usman Alkali Baba as acting-Inspector General of Police.

The Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi who made the announcement at the State House Abuja said the appointment of the acting IGP is subject to the approval of the Council of State meeting expected to be convened soon.

Baba was born in Gaidam, Yobe State, on March 1, 1963. He was enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.

The acting IGP, holds a Teacher’s Grade II Certificate (TC II) from Teachers College, Potiskum, Yobe State in 1980. He obtained a BA (ED) in Political Science from Bayero University, Kano in 1985.

The Acting IGP also has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997. Baba was until his appointment a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.

According to him, his policing vision is: “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.”

Findings reveal that only Lawal Shehu, the DIG in charge of training, who was also enlisted into the force in 1988 would be retired following the appointment of Baba as Acting IGP while other AIGs who were enlisted into the force the same year with Baba, 1988 would likely be promoted to the rank of DIGs.

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The minister 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 prioritized 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 endeavour.”

Asked why the President did not allow Adamu to last the three months of extension, Dingyadi 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.”