President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Usman Baba, to replace Mohammed Adamu as the acting Inspector General of Police.
The Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, disclosed this to the State House Correspondents on Tuesday.
Baba, was a Deputy Inspector General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters, until his new announcement.
President Buhari had extended Adamu’s tenure as IGP for three months on February 4, but he has only spent about two months out of the duration.
While 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.
“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.”
Baba who was born on March 1, 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State, enlisted in the Nigeria Police Force on March 15, 1988.