President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Deputy Inspector-General, DIG, Usman Baba, as the Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP).
Until his appointment, Baba, was the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Force Criminal Investigation Department, Force Headquarters.
The Acting IGP was born on 1st March 1963 in Gaidam, Yobe State. He enlisted in the Nigeria Police on 15th March 1988. He 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. He has a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration (MPA) obtained from University of Maiduguri, Borno State in 1997.
It would be recalled that rather than approve Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Muhammadu Adamu, retirement after statutory 35 years in service, Buhari had given Adamu another three months to pilot affairs of the law enforcement agency and prepare a possible successor for the office.
Buhari gave Adamu three additional months in office barely three days after the expiration of his tenure alongside three Deputy Inspector-General of Police (DIG) and 10 Assistant Inspector-General (AIGs).
The extension of tenure was announced by Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, during an interview with newsmen on February 4, 2021 at the State House, Abuja.
Dingyadi explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.
Meanwhile, the appointment of Baba to serve in an acting capacity pending his confirmation meant that Adamu was removed from office as the outgoing IGP has at least 25 days left office to complete his tenure extension.
As gathered, the prevailing insecurity bedeviling the country, attacks on national assets including yesterday’s attack on Imo State Police Command and Correctional facility may have informed his removal from office.
Our correspondent learnt that the capacity of the police boss, said to be lobbying for another extension, was being doubted by the decision-makers following recurrent attacks on national assets including police facilities after the EndSARS protest.
According to sources from the headquarters, the police boss’s removal was a shock as nobody has a hint on his removal until it was been read in the news.
When our correspondent put calls through to the police headquarters, the officers declined to comment on the matter and directed that official communication should be awaited.
But confirming Baba’s appointment on Tuesday while briefing State House correspondents in Abuja, the Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi, said that the president has the sole right to appoint and terminate appointment of public officers.
“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,” he said.
The minister maintained that Adamu’s extension was to allow for 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, 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 bedevilling 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 endeavors,” he added.