By Ismaila Chafe/Monday Ijeh
Abuja, April 6, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector-General of Police (I-G) Usman Baba as Acting Inspector-General of Police with immediate effect.
Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi confirmed the appointment when he addressed State House correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday.
Baba will replace Mohammed Adamu who was appointed on Jan. 15, 2019 to replace Mr Ibrahim Idris.
Dingyadi, said that the three-month tenure extension granted to Adamu was terminated following completion of the selection process for a new I-G.
Adamu’s tenure ended in February but Buhari had, on Feb. 4, extended his tenure as the Inspector-General of Police for three months.
Adamu has, however, spent two months and three days into the extension.
The incoming I-G, Baba, was promoted to the rank of DIG in December 2020 and was in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID).
He holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a B.A (Ed.) degree in Political Science.
A fellow of the National Defence College and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Baba attended several professional courses/workshops.
Baba, a Yobe-born police officer, had held several strategic positions in the Nigeria Police.
He had served as the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone-5, Benin, Zone-4 Makurdi and Zone-7, Abuja.
The acting I-G had served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory and Delta.
He had also served as the Acting DIG in charge of Force Finance and Administration as well as the Force Secretary.
Reacting to why the president did not allow the outgoing I-G to last the three months of his extension, the minister said:“The 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,” he said.
Dingyadi explained that the appointment of the acting I-G followed a thorough check of a shortlist of suitably qualified police officers from the rank of DIGs and AIGs.
He said all the shortlisted candidates were police officers, eligible for appointment as I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020).
”The tenure of the I-G Mohammed Adamu, which ended on February 1, 2021, was extended by theP president to enable a detailed process of appointing a new I-G, 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 I-G, in line with Section 7, Sub-section 2 of the Nigeria Police Act (2020).
”And having regards to seniority, professionalism, record of service and competence, the president has approved the appointment of an acting I-G, in the person of Usman Alkali Baba, with immediate effect.
”These changes are in line with the determination of the president to rejig the security architecture and to ensure that the security challenges bedeviling the nation are brought to an end.
”The 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 to perform most effectively for the peace and security of lives and property of all Nigerians,” he said.
The minister quoted the president as thanking the outgoing I-G, Mohammed Adamu, for his professionalism and dedication to duty during the period of his tenure.
”He wished him all the best in his future endeavours.”
Adamu was said to have been in Owerri, the Imo State capital inspecting the headquarters of the State Police Command that was attacked by armed men when the change of guards, which takes immediate effect, was announced.